Having recently completed the 5 Days of Fashion Styling course at the Condé Nast College, Abby Young shares some of her favourite memories and takeaways from her experience with us.
About Abby Young
Abby is a certified and published fashion stylist located in Silicon Valley with speciality in personal styling, colour analysis and runway, commercial, and editorial styling.
As the CEO of Abby Young Styling, she leads a team that guides high net worth professionals to achieve a powerful, elevated self-image through the power of their wardrobe and help curate a stylish, modern brand image for companies at any level.
What were your first impressions of Condé Nast College?
Our initial walkthrough of Condé Nast College was such an incredible pinch-me moment! It was a dream come true to finally be studying at CNC with mentorship from previous (and current) Vogue and Glamour professionals. From day one, I had the impression that I was going to be learning from the best, and would be offered invaluable insight into the workings of the editorial fashion world. CNC is in a beautiful area rich with culture. It was an empowering experience to be surrounded by people from all over the world, both inside and outside of the classroom.
What did you expect from the Fashion Styling course?
The styling course was more than I’d hoped for: I expected to learn first-hand tacit knowledge from industry professionals, as well as their tips and tricks for the trade and advice to further my career as a stylist. I was touched by the level of high quality feedback on my projects from staff. They have a genuine desire to challenge your styling skills in order to have you continue reaching for new heights.
“I’ve been a professional wardrobe stylist for four years, and I found the 5 Days of Fashion Styling to be an incredibly special and invaluable experience.”
What was your favourite styling assignment?
My favourite styling assignment was creating the mock British Vogue September Issue. I had the opportunity to work with students from the Fashion Business, Creative Direction and Fashion Journalism courses. Witnessing and working alongside my driven, talented peers was so inspiring. It was an eye-opening experience with regard to the process of creating a magazine. With this project, I learned the importance of considering every variable in its design, including the context of when the magazine is coming out, relevant issues, what is trending, designer partnerships, model, photographer and location choices that would be cohesive to the magazine as a whole, and the effectiveness in the execution of our business objectives.
What advice would you give to anyone considering the fashion styling course/and or studying with Condé Nast College?
My advice is get out of your comfort zone and take the course! This is your chance to learn from the fashion industry’s best, most experienced professionals to get exposure to product, editorial, commercial, and advertorial styling. It’s perfect for those at any point of their fashion careers. Whether they’re exploring the idea, just starting out, and even those that are already established in their field. I’ve been a professional wardrobe stylist for four years, and I found the 5 Days of Fashion Styling to be an incredibly special and invaluable experience. Outside of the exciting assignments, speakers, and access to Vogue resources, the connections and lifelong lessons that I left with are what make this course all the more worthwhile.