- When did you decide you want to work in Fashion?
From a young age I have always been interested in fashion, how style is expressed and embodied and captured in fabric. My journey began when I first started to model in Vietnam, realising that I wanted to enter the world of fashion on an encompassing level led me to become a stylist. I moved to London and enrolled in Central Saint Martins to study Fashion Styling, graduating in 2013 I have been styling full time ever since.
- How long does it take you to know your career direction?
As I mentioned earlier in the interview, it was not something I decided to do at some point in my life, but something I was born with.
- Was there anything or anyone in particular that had a great influence on you to chose that career path?
It was my mum to encourage me to follow my dream.
- How long did it take to get into the industry?
It's different with everyone. I would say from 3 - 4 years to study in univeristy or assist top stylist/creative. But the most important element is you were born with fashion flair in your blood.
- Can you describe a day in your life?
Like any other persons life would be, busy. I wake up answer countless of emails, show up to regular business meetings, I travel a lot, regularly in studios and upon location to shoot the next big thing. The only line of difference is that a stylist’s life is a little bit more unexpected. Today you are in London and the next day will be in Paris for fashion shows and the day after you can be in Cape Town shooting a summer story. It's fun though.
- What's the best thing that your study (university, A level, master degree) has helped with your career?
Studied at the best fashion school in the world helped my reputation a lot. People trust you more.
- Any downsides with your role?
Being a stylist, in all honesty is not easy but it’s an adrenalin rush, as every day is a different day.
- What challenges have you faced in getting where you are now?
Competition being fierce in the industry, you have to stand out and be fearless when creating your work. Although playing it safe can have it benefits in some situations, fashion styling is about daring to be different and discovering the next look or trend. Doing this helps to improve your network and increasing your clients, its a leap of faith but its a chance that you have to take if you want to be successful.
- What skills and qualities do you think are important for your role?
Creative, understand about fashion and responsible.
- What advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps?
You must be hungry and have a passion to be creative, be willing to learn and try new things. The fashion industry is tough and their can be times where you may experience set baks, but stay strong and follow your dream, you may make it someday.
- How and what do [your role at work, e.g accountant, rchitect, etc] contribute for society?
To be able to give people some style advice and make them feel better about themselves is a gift. The feeling of making the world a better place makes me happy.