An LCS Fashion Student’s Survival Guide
My name’s Heather Green and on the 30th June 2016 my life changed.
Parked in a petrol station, I got the email to say I had been accepted to train on the Fashion & Personal Styling Diploma at London College of Style. My husband returned to the car and saw me as a blubbering mess and wondering who’d died…
Would it be tiring? Yes. Would it be demanding? Absolutely. Would it be worth it? It will turn out to be the best decision I have made in my life to date.
To help all you future fashionista’s I’ve written a mini guide on how to kick-ass at the incredible London College of Style.
So if you’re thinking of enroling in LCS training for the coming term. buckle up your perfectly proportioned belt, grab that beautifully balanced moodboard and get ready to embark on a mustard and dusty pink velvet road – AW16 I’m all over you!
1. Get a Diary
One of the best considerations of the course is the flexible timetable which means you can work around your current commitments however trust me – lose track and you will be swallowed by a wave of beautiful images and fabric samples in seconds.
Professional Stylists need to be amazingly organised, so get a little pocket diary, note down all your to-do’s, and keep on top of it. Your sleeping pattern will thank you later
2. Be a Yes Person
The incredible Siobhan who heads up Industry Relations at LCS is basically a wizard – working tirelessly in the background to secure LCS students incredible consistent opportunities across the whole industry.
By saying yes to almost everything coming through, I have had the immense pleasure to work at London Fashion Week, be assistant stylist on a TV Pilot, attend Donna Ida – Queen of Denim’s 10th anniversary, work at the Scottish Fashion Awards, meet Pixie Lott, Judy Murray and Alesha Dixon and so much more (if you can’t name drop here, where can you, am I right?).
3. Make an Impression
You are going to meet some amazing people while training at LCS – from your brilliant course mates, top industry tutors, incredible hair and make-up teams, photographers, runners, crew, stylists and even a few celebs thrown in for good measure.
Stay professional, be friendly, smile, work hard, ask questions because they have all the answers, and remember – sometimes even when you have worked for 7 hours solid, offering to do the coffee run will make you everyones bezzie mate.
4. Enjoy It!
At the start of the Foundation Diploma I was convinced I would never truly understand what an ‘industry standard mood board’ was – now I’m stopping strangers on Bond Street because their street style is so inspiring.
The course will go by in a flash, so channel your inner fashion sponge and soak up every minute of expert knowledge whilst you’re there. Oh, and have fun as recommended in bucket loads by LCS!
My final tip? Apply to LCS! You may have self-doubt, but trust me, from one inner fashionista to another…
Believe in yourself – you’ve got this!