NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
Beagy Zielinski's passion for fashion brought her
to New York. Her intention wasn't to become a
fashion stylist, but she was encouraged by her friends
to pursue this as a career. It was a good thing
that she listened to them. Beagy's has worked on
editorials Greek Elle, Harpers Bazaar China, AVENUEL
Magazine Korea, Vogue Germany, and Prestige Magazine to
name a few. Her career took a whole world of its own.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
You have an established career as a fashion stylist; can
you tell me your very first stylist job?
My 1st job was actually at a magazine that I
was the fashion editor for. I styled all of the shoots
at first to save budget, later because I loved doing it.
EFM: What is the most exciting
thing about being a fashion stylist?
To be honest it is all
exciting. Being able to create art with fashion is
exciting, the fashion shows, parties & traveling to
amazing locations is exciting and getting to work with
and be inspired by some amazing artists is exciting. I
Are there any lessons learned
in this line of career choice?
Many… Its not a 9-5, this
is a job that has no holidays, no end of day (unless you
are in the union), no “this isn’t part of my job
description”…etc This is a job that you do because you
truly love it. You really have to love the good, bad &
the ugly because when it is good it really is great but
when it is bad it can make you want to give up if you
don’t really love it.
There are many aspiring
fashion stylist out there; can you tell me what a
typical day is like for a fashion stylist?
Every day is different, you have to be pretty organized.
How your day will play out really depends on if you are
shooting that day or if it is fashion week or if you
have showroom appointments…Someone is always having a
trunk show, or wants you to come by and see the
collection on the days that you are not shooting. Then
there is always the prep for shoots, which is filled
with showroom appointments , phone calls & emails to
What business advice can you
give to starting a career as a fashion stylist?
Assist , test to
build your portfolio and network as much as you can!
There are many avenues in
going about becoming a fashion stylist; what have you
found to be a good way of getting into this business?
Assist a stylist that
you can learn from. That is a great way to learn what it
takes, get a different artistic point of view & an
amazing networking opportunity that you may not
I’m dying to know a
little more about your fashion studio L ‘Armoire du
Styliste; can you tell me where the concept and idea
The idea came from just not
being able to find certain things that I needed to style
shoots the way I wanted. I got frustrated and said
“Fine! I’ll do it myself” and opened the showroom. One
of the things that was always hard to come by when I was
shooting for European magazines locally, with no
shipping budget, was European designers. So when I
started my showroom the 1st batch of designers I went
after were some of the UK’s top designers. That’s how it
started. As it grows it fills a number of other voids as
I encounter them.
EFM: Does L’ Armoire du
Styliste provides a crew for the fashion stylists?
No. L’Armoire Du Styliste is a
clothing rental atelier. We provide both current &
archived clothing, shoes & accessories for
stylists to rent for photo-shoots.
After a long day, what do you do
Go for a long walk with my
dog. I love to walk, and especially in the summer walk
for hours, much to my dogs dismay.
How important is it to get experience as a fashion
experience, you have no portfolio. Without a portfolio
you will not book any jobs. It's as simple as that.
Clients want to know that you can do something before
they book you. If a swimwear client looks at your book
and there is tons of couture, but no swimwear in it,
they are not likely to book you. Your book has to cover
all areas that you want to be booked for, before you get
the booking so shooting as often as possible is
Interview by Rochell “E” James