May 8, 2013

Q&A With Fashion Stylist Amia Serrano


I love to support local New York entrepreneurs! Whether they're starting a clothing website, an online magazine for men or creating designer handbags in the garment district. It takes a lot of bravery and strong will to create your own business and I've always admired it. Today I'm bringing you another feature about Amia Serrano, a fashion stylist. Recently, Amia worked with Recording Artist Mashonda to style the inaugural video of Mashonda's video series #LifeStyleHer for GlobalGrind.com. Here's my interview:


How did you get started in the business? What was your first styling job?

I got into styling when I first moved to New York in 2011 and during that summer I decided to finally take a chance at pursuing a styling a career. I sat down one Saturday morning and wrote out goals for myself, how I was going to accomplish them and set deadlines. I would also Google and email established stylists to get advice and feedback. Unfortunately, I usually never got responses back from them. I was modeling during that time, so I had a modeling profile/portfolio on ModelMayhem and since I styled myself for some of my shoots, I used those photos to showcase my styling skills when submitting to castings. Luckily, a photographer took a chance on me for a test shoot with an agency model. I styled the model using my own clothes except for the bathing suit bottoms. I had to purchase those. In the end, everything turned out really good. Thereafter, I had gained enough photos to start my Wardrobe Stylist profile/portfolio on Model Mayhem and soon after deleted my modeling account.

Did you always know you wanted to get into fashion? What did you study in college? 

I've always had an interest in fashion. Whether it was modeling, design or styling. I didn't major in anything to become a stylist nor did I get a college degree for it. I only took two classes at a local community college. One was The History of Fashion, which I took online and the other was Fashion Analysis and Clothing Selection, which was a very educational class to take. I felt like I didn't need to take anymore classes after that and that was all I needed at the time so I didn't continue taking anymore courses.
Some of Amia's work

Who are some of your clients? Do you have a favorite to work with? Why? 

I don’t have clients that I work with individually on a daily basis, but I’ve worked with a diverse group of people on so many different types of shoots such as the Life Style Her video series with Recording Artist Mashonda for GlobalGrind.com, Relapse Magazine, Kraven Magazine, Seduka Jeans, Get NYCE clothing - just to name a few.

What are fashion rules women should break more often?

Wearing white after Labor Day! Do it, who cares!

What are your 5 must-have items every women should have in her closet? 

A classic white tee, a blazer, pencil skirt, a pair of dark denim jeans and a go-to pair of neutral colored heels.

Amia rocking the trends!

What are the top trends for this spring that you think every woman can pull off?

Black and white color combo, baseball caps, denim on denim and stripes.

And my last question that I love to ask on any interview... what is the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?

I learned in class that you should always dress your body type, which is so true. That’s where a lot men and women go wrong when dressing themselves, I think. It’s key. Stick to that and you should be fine.

Thanks Amia for taking the time to answer my questions! Check out her work at AmiaSerrano.com

1 comment:

  1. What a great interview! I'm so curious about what stylists do day-to-day. It's not a career I'd ever want, but I do want to learn more about it.

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