Styling 101

Photography by Isabella Bejarano. Styling by Suchandra Bullock.
Model: Tucker Wiedenkeller, Exalt Model Agency. Hair + Make-Up: Lisa Teller.

Behind every compelling image is a stylist working their magic to make ordinary objects come to life and grab the viewer’s attention.

Academy of Art University understands the importance of styling and recently became the first university in the United States with an accredited BFA Fashion Styling Program. The program was created under the masterful direction of Simon Ungless, Director of the School of Fashion, and Flore Morton, Styling Coordinator.

“We have set the bar high, and expect to be not only the first, but also the best for a long time. Now that Fashion Styling is an accredited program, students are able to take classes in a specific sequence that introduces the skills that are needed. The quality of the photo shoots styled, produced and art directed by the students of the program are already industry standard. Student are being commissioned by companies and having their work published well before they graduate,” explained Morton.

The student work coming out of the BFA Styling Program caught the eye of globally respected brand UNIQLO, who donated garments to be styled by the students for this shoot. “UNIQLO strongly believes in our customers’ intelligence to make their own style choices; we may provide suggestions, but we never dictate looks,” said Jean Emmanuel-Shein, Marketing Director, UNIQLO USA. “We feel that the unvarnished creativity displayed by the students in the Fashion Styling program at Academy of Art University is also reflective of this ethos and that the styling itself is refreshingly natural.”

Tunic by Gwen Shihyao Lai. Bandana pants by Rik Villa. Necklace, model's own. Sweater (worn as scarf) by UNIQLO. 

Tunic by Gwen Shihyao Lai, MFA Fashion Design. Bandana pants by Rik Villa. Necklace, model's own. Sweater (worn as scarf), UNIQLO.

Turban, Uniqlo v-neck sweater. Pants by Gwen Shihyao Lai, MFA Fashion Design. Long shirt by Frank Tsai, MFA Fashion Design and Andrea Nieto, BFA Textile Design. Beaded necklace, model's own. 

Coat by Gwen Shihyao Lai, MFA Fashion Design. Pants by Ryan Mora, BFA Fashion Design and Melissa Avalos, BFA Textile Design. Sweater by Elizabeth Castellon, MFA Fashion Design. Necklace made from UNIQLO sweater.

Floral wind breaker poncho, Dries Van Noten. Tunic top by Frank Tsai, MFA Fashion Design and Andrea Nieto, BFA Textile Design. Layered pants by Didvik Kuang, MFA Fashion Design. Beaded necklaces, model's own. Fabric necklaces made fro

Tunic tuxedo shirt, Dries Van Noten. Hat, stylist's own. 

Hat, Stephen Jones for Walter Van Beirendonck from MAC. Sweater, UNIQLO treated with corrosive bleach. Shorts by Gwen Shihyao Lai, MFA Fashion Design. Necklaces, model's own.