Raquel Lengyel Green
While in University at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, I volunteered for four years with the University wide club OHM Fashion Show, that gave its proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. For two of those years I was also a Director and designer and stylist. After my undergraduate degree, I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, where I studied Design and Product Development for two years.
Since then I have been working in both retail, and freelancing in Fashion Styling. I have been an assistant Stylist on The Bachelor Canada (2017), worked on photoshoots, ad-campaigns, short films and commercials.
I am also a lover of travel! I spent summers learning in London, England at Central Saint Martins, and Rhode Island at RISD. Made sure to travel around Europe, and the States, and really soak in the differences of culture and style.
My most recent journey was living in Israel for just shy of a year and a half, where I aided in different fashion campaigns and photoshoots to promote local designers. In my belief, living abroad is one of the most important things you can do for yourself as a person in order to grow. Travelling and moving around has allowed me to play with my personal style way more than I had in the past, and to be open to different shapes, fabrics, colours, and styles. In my life, there is a large link between style and culture, and the ability to always play with the two side by side, and embrace the world around you really helps you find out more about you and your style.
Raquel Lengyel Green specializes in:
- Fashion Styling (Personal and Film/TV)
- Wardrobe Consulting
- Closet Organization
- Closet Auditing
Our readers would love to get to know you more Raquel. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I really pay attention to my client and how they want to feel and be seen. I usually like to work with what they already have and show them how to wear with style and confidence.
Raquel, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Stylist?
I have always been a lover of fashion. Since I can remember I wanted to be a designer, and some day, I still do! Styling came to me just by dressing everyday for school or work. Living and learning in different cities for Fashion Design, I ended up falling very naturally into Styling, and fell in love with everything about it, whether it is behind the scenes of a TV show, or in the privacy of a client's closet.
Who is your inspiration in life Raquel? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is my mother. Not to sound corny, but it is true, that woman can dress! She always taught me, dress for yourself and dress to your figure. Just because something looks good on someone else, doesn't mean it will look good on you, so never play the (fashion) victim. By keeping inspired, I really just try to appease myself, and with where fashion is going, I try to figure out where my path is. Sometimes it's on point, and sometimes it isn't. That is also what is so great about fashion, there is something for everyone, and new days to try out new outfits.
We all make mistakes Raquel, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Fashion Stylist , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Well, when I was an assistant stylist for the Bachelor Canada, the head-Wardrobe stylist got fired a day before production began, and the other assistant stylist and I had to walk with her. This was so sad and unfortunate, because I love working on set and with different people. The head stylist is who found us, and as much as I did the right thing morally, I do wish I had stayed on with the show and gained more national TV experience.
Raquel ,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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Prioritizing their needs comes with listening. When I gain a new client, I want to hear about them, a little bit about work life, home life and social life, and really get a feel for who they are and how they want to portray themselves. We start from the most desired and work our way up. If I am entering a personal home and closet, I need to know my clients are comfortable and trust me, that is the most important.
Please tell us Raquel, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Stylist?
This would be working on fashion shows and photoshoots. You have to start with your guide. What is the first thing and what is the last thing, and just get everything done one at a time, until it is all checked off. Not everything is going to be smooth sailing, especially in the fashion or entertainment world, you just got to put your best foot forward, and keep marching until it all comes together.
Raquel, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
This came with working retail. I worked in a small boutique with very hands on owners, whom I loved (thank goodness.) We all played a hand in the visual merchandising of the store, and with 5 women, come 5 different opinions. The mannequins at the store-front are probably the most important when it comes to visuals. When it came time to changing them, in order to persuade someone you work with, you have to visually show them and let them see and also hear the benefits.
Raquel 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 just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
Definitely working on the Bachelor Canada. It was brief and hectic, but it is so fun knowing that your styling-touch is on TV with so many viewers not even knowing your name (well, not yet- one day soon!)
Raquel, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I would go as far as 2010/2011. These years I designed for a charity fashion show at my Univeristy (UWO) called OHM Fashion Show. Our themes these two years were "Rock your Vogue"- where I designed a line of Rock n' Roll tutus and bodysuits/corsets; and the 2011 theme was "Urban Jungle" where I designed a bathing suit line out of suedes, leathers and velvets. The creative part here was I literally had my models come in, and I designed and made the garments directly on their bodies. Loved it! Would definitely do it again.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Fashion Stylist?
Keep going. Times will be good, times will be bad, but a real fashionista stylist, will never give up, just like fashion.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Always looking for collaborations! Whether with photographers, videographers, designers. I love the creative world, and I love when I get moving. Nothing can create a creative spin like working with other people.
Now for the best part Raquel! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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