"Do not be afraid of trying and mixing different styles"

"Do not be afraid of trying and mixing different styles"

How does a normal day look like for a stylist and if you are dreaming of becoming one, how do you do it? We have interviewed our fashion profile Madelene Billman who is the stylist of this year's Swedish Idol about how you become a stylist and all of her best tips for finding your own style! Fashion - 5

What are some of your best tips when it comes to finding your own style?
My best advice is to not be afraid of trying new styles and most of all, mixing different styles. Do not buy all of your things from one place only. Mix anything from second hand clothes to more high quality pieces. Another advice is to think of your accessories every time you get dressed. Jewellery, a belt or a cool bag can really make the whole outfit pop!

How does a normal day at work look like for you?
I never really have a "normal day" since everyday looks completely different. Before a styling job I spend a lot of time in front of the computer emailing press offices, searching for inspiration and finding cool pieces to work with on websites. During Swedish Idol, every day has its own agenda. Mondays and Tuesdays are inspirational days, then we spend Wednesdays in the fitting rooms, Thursdays we complete any stylings from the day before and on Fridays it is go time!

How did you become a stylist for Swedish idol?
I am not 100% sure, but I think it was the make up artist on the show that recommended me to the production company. I had previously worked on a couple of TV-shows, one that was very similar to Swedish Idol. The job is a lot to handle and to style that many people in such a short amount of time is not as simple as you may think. I think that is part of why they asked me ;)

Where do you find your inspiration?
I have realised that I get really inspired by different eras. Right now I am inspired a lot by the fashion of the 80s and I can spend hours on Pinterest scrolling through 80s fashion.

What is the best part about working as a stylist?
There are so many things I love about being a stylist. It is of course always fun when the person getting styled feels happy and pretty in the outfit they are wearing, but to see the finished result on the TV screen is also amazing.

What are your future plans and dreams?
As of right now I would love to keep working as a stylist in Sweden but eventually it would also be fun to work with both Swedish and international artists. I think of myself as both inventive and innovative, so I would like to sit down and just create a bunch of cool stage looks.

If I dream of becoming a stylist myself, how do I become one?
It is great to start out assisting an already established stylist. Stylists are constantly in need of interns and although the work is usually unpaid for you will learn so much by just working beside someone like that. The internships are often not the whole day, but rather when needed, which will make it possible for you to have other jobs on the side.

What are some of your best tips for aspiring stylists?
Just like the one above, start out by assisting a stylist to get experience. I think it is a common misconception that just because you are good at styling yourself you will be a great stylist, but the job entitles so much more than that. To style another person is something very different and there are a lot of things to consider. I would also recommend attending a stylist or a sewing training. Having sewing skills is always a big plus when you are working as a stylist.

Read Madelene's blog here @madelenebillman