Interview: Caitlin Jane

This 23 year old stylist is already in demand.

Main Image by Kristina Yenko for Fashion Journal, c/o Caitlin Jane
Caitlin Jane might not be a name that you know yet, but only a few years into her twenties, and her work has already been featured in some of Australia's top fashion glossiesDayjobbing as a stylist in Sydney, she epitomizes what it means to be deeply passionate about your job. We chatted with Caitlin about what life inside the fashion industry is really like for a young creative.

Katarina: Tell us about how you started your career. Have you always known you wanted to be a stylist? 
I have always had a knack for planning outfits, however I definitely did not plan on becoming a stylist. I actually went to university to study Animal Sciences for 3 years, before my growing love for the fashion industry pulled me in a different direction. After I left university I attended The Fashion Institute [in Sydney] where I learned the fundamentals of the fashion business and realized that [styling] is actually where my talent lies. I styled my first photoshoot using my own clothing, and that's where it all began. I look back on that shoot all the time and see how far I have come. 

Katarina: How would you describe your job to an outsider of the fashion industry? 
Being a stylist is not always as glamorous as it sounds; all of the stylists I've ever spoken to agree that we have one of the hardest jobs in the fashion industry! Realistically, it's hundreds of emails back and forth communicating with designers, PR agencies, photographers, etc. to achieve the best results for each person involved. It's really up to the stylist to please everyone and make the end result look pleasing to the eye. [There is] a lot of running around to source clothing, shoes, jewellery, bags, [and] props, and then it all needs to be returned to wherever it came from. It really is time consuming work. 

Is there anything that has surprised you about your job as a stylist? 
It has surprised me just how time intensive styling can be, and just how organized I need to be. I like to have at least a month's worth of planning time for any job I am styling. On a deeper level, there are a lot of stereotypes of people in the fashion industry - that we are superficial, vain, or one-dimensional, but that's definitely not true. Fashion has a huge voice in today's society; it acts as an outlet to comment on high profile issues such as sexism, gender, race, culture, religion... there is definitely more substance in the fashion industry than some perceive. 

Katarina: Are there any stylists in particular that you look up to? Absolutely! Being in a creative industry there are heaps of people I look up to, although I also know the importance of being your own person and having your own style and flare. That being said, Christine Centenera, Fashion Director of Vogue Australia, is a huge icon for me. I actually used to intern in the same office as her and I'd have a mini freak out every time she was in close proximity to me. 

Katarina: What does a typical work day look like for you? 
Every day is slightly different, however a typical day leading up to a shoot goes a little like this: 
9am: Wake up to check/reply to emails. 9:30 I will go through my appointments and errands for that day and set out a to-do list. 10am: Browse through Instagram for inspo. 10:30am I will head out to pick up any clothing, shoes, or accessories, which takes a few hours navigating in Sydney traffic. 1:30pm I stop for lunch, usually at one of my favourite cafés in Alexandria, and read more emails. 4:30pm I get back home and plan out each look, head to toe. 5:30pm Once the outfits are planned, I will write up credits of every look and where each piece is sourced from. 6pm I pack up all of the looks and put together my styling kit full of clips, pins, scissors, and tape ready for shoot day!  

Katarina: Where do you find inspiration for your work? 
I actually have a massive folder of my favourite magazine editorials that I have ripped out to look back on and gather inspiration. Social media like Pinterest and Instagram are so great for finding inspiration on a global scale. 

Are there anyone, models, brands, or photographers, that you’d love to work with? 
There are so so many models I would love to work with - really I just look for someone with an edge ... unique characteristics... something special about them that will make my work shine. I'd love to be able to work with some of my all-time favourite designers like Acne Studios, Vetements, Jacquemus, Maison Margiela. Maybe one day, haha!

Katarina: Where do you plan on taking your career in the future? Would you like to try out other jobs in the field? 
For something a little different I'd love to hopefully style lookbooks for some of my favourite labels, [or] maybe to work with an online boutique to style their products. In the future, I would love to be a Fashion Contributor or Head Editorial Stylist for a magazine. As for other areas in the fashion industry, I really enjoy looking at how businesses brand and market themselves and similarly to styling, it's is all about making things look appealing for the masses. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring fashion stylists? 
You definitely have to be organized, driven, passionate and count each and every win. If being a stylist is what your heart desires, never give up that passion and throw everything at it. There will be days where you feel like you aren't getting anywhere but there will also be plenty of days where you have a huge breakthrough in your career. It might be something like being published in one of your favourite magazines, a great photographer wanting to work with you, a designer allowing you to use their pieces for a shoot, or even being asked for an interview!

You can keep up with Caitlin on Instagram and Pinterest.

WHO: Katarina, Fashion Contributor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Copenhagen
LISTENING TO: Weathered - Jack Garratt
CAN BE FOUND AT: @katarinajulie

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