Fashion means different things to different people. For the always-in-the-news celebrity, fashion might be a statement of personal style. For the party hopping adolescent, it could be an affirmation of peer bonding and independence. For the conference-hungry business executive, it could be the passport to career enhancement.
Humans have been concerned about being presentable since the days of yore. Even in tribal societies, adornments are myriad and there are accessories with immense detailing and embellishments. Festive occasions offer ideal settings for showcasing great design ideas. Modern fashion industry has grown from rapid industrialization and the consequent globalization of design trends. Today fashion is not just about good clothes. It encompasses the whole spectrum of lifestyle and image management services. Fashion consultants are highly sought after professionals.
What do fashion consultants do? Whether you prefer a personal consultant or you approach an agency, the main job of the fashion consultant is to advise about the most optimal choices in matters of fashion. He or she has close discussions regarding your physical and temperamental attributes, workplace requirements, lifestyle and personal management regimen. It cannot be a mechanical one-stop solution for all. Each client is unique and the consultant knows it quite well.
Fashion solutions or image makeovers are designed after careful deliberation. Clothes are an important item in which the fashion consultant advises about building a wardrobe in tune with the personality of the client. Other items of personal adornment like accessories, footwear and jewelry are also included. Makeup and hairstyle change according to the specific requirements of each occasion. Besides, these are also devised according to the facial features of the client. The ultimate objective is to accentuate one’s better features and camouflage the deficiencies.
In these days of living under high voltage media coverage, fashion does not stop with dressing up alone. It extends to the social graces or etiquette and the art of handling the public interactions. Fashion consultants regularly advise on how to handle press and television interviews. Besides achieving the right ‘look’ for the media interaction, they also help in voice modulation, pronunciation, intonation etc.
What are the attributes of a good fashion consultant? First and foremost is of course a thorough knowledge of fashion trends and the ability to apply the right principles for a specific client. In that sense, he or she should be fully aware of the client’s limitations. Apart from technical knowledge, there are several desirable personality traits that fashion consultants should have. They should be effective communicators. They should be patient listeners and articulate speakers. They should be able to explain why a particular solution would or would not suit the client. They should have a fine temperament, especially with clients who differ from their point of view. Finally, they should be persons of utmost moral and financial integrity. Because they handle the most intimate details of their clients, as a rule they should maintain utmost confidence