I used to be a model, so it happens to me to be both the model and the stylist of the shootings.
Polina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Stylist?
My passion is for clothes. My favourite hobby is to go around the shops and take a look at the windows and how the garments are mixed and matched. I started working since I entered the university.
Who is your inspiration in life Polina? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is music. When I listen to a song, I am in my world where I usually think about the next shooting. But of course, magazines are my main source of inspiration and information.
We all make mistakes Polina; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Stylist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Once I remember that I had a shooting, but somehow I forgot to take a pair of shoes that I needed for the shooting, thanks to the photographer who gave her shoes, which were suitable for the model and the mood of the editorial, we had the work done. Since then I always check my staff for the shooting at least two times before
Polina, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Stylist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
It's important to listen to your client needs simply because he is the one who pays and make everything possible. Sometimes you have to compromise with what you want to do and what you have to do, but the client is always first.
Please tell us Polina, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Stylist?
My priorities are all about the clothes and accessories I have. So once I remember that I wanted to have a bag in a certain shot, but the photographer said " This bag? I don't like it, remove it" But anyway as a stylist I wanted to have this bag somewhere so why not taking a still life shot only of the bag? So that's what I did
Polina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Once I remember that I was working with a model who wasn't really into my style for the shooting we were having. But it's easy when you have the mood board, which is my strongest tool to show what is in your mind. Eventually, she was really happy with the work we did
Polina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was this summer when I got printed in a magazine which I have been following regarding style for the last years, and I was very happy to see my work amongst the pages of this magazine.
Polina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Being creative is all you have to be as a stylist. I like when my teachers challenge me to be more and more creative. Once I had a shooting that was a mix of "masculinity and theatre", but I focused more on the masculinity, so the teacher said "go more with the theatre" so it was challenging, but that's what I like about it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Stylist?
Listen and be patient.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am in the very beginning of the styling career, but I would love to work for brands to represent the "identity" of the brand through my vision and creation.
photo 1,3,4,5,6,7,9, 10 - photographer Mariyana Stoyanova @mariyanastoyanova_photography photo 2: photographer Marco Conte photo 9: photographer Thilini Gamalath