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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Styling : Shion Matsumoto

Today stylist Shion Matsumoto came to visit us (fortunately in our well air conditioned room at Japan Society). She briefly talked to us about styling while showing us some of the photographs of models she personally styled. I came to realize that styling may not be as simple as I thought it was. For example preparations for one fashion show can take about 3-5 weeks even though the actual show would last only a few minutes. One thing I found interesting was that although all the photographs she showed us were from Japanese magazines the models were all Western. Why? you may ask but it's because Western models were found to have slim long legs and body figures that were found best to fit the Japanese trend clothing. Being a stylist means not only will you have to choose how the clothes will be worn but you also have to style the clothes in a way that would compliment the model.

We had the chance to ask her a few questions such as "What inspired you to become a stylist?". Shion's inspiration came from her mother being a stylist for magazines. Then of course there's also her passion for being a stylist. Another question was "Who was the hardest to style?". To my surprise she replied with "Musicians". I would think musicians usually wear casual clothing so therefore they must be the easiest to style. She went on to explain that models and actors usually have a flawless body but on the other hand musicians are simply musicians that may not be in top form. She found it difficult to dress different body structures and forms instead of having to style clothes on a Barbie or Ken like figure.

Our questions were slowly answered one by one until we were left with none. We bid her farewell as we were running late on schedule for our workshop at the Apple Store. At the Apple Store we were greeted by a few workers that proceeded to start our lesson on a program called Garage Band. I was actually really fascinated with this alien-like software to me but sadly I do not own a mac or apple product that runs this program. Garage Band is a software that helps you loop or mix beats, tones, short melodies that eventually turns into a (hopefully) captivating song. You have the choice of also adding your mix into an everyday song or maybe one of your favorites on  iTunes. If you wanted to spice it up even more you can even actually add your own vocals! This was a great workshop because we intend on adding songs that would play in the background during the presentation as if we were having our own little fashion show. To end the workshop and day I found it wonderful to have received apple earphones, a free t-shirt, of course don't forget about the knowledge of everything we have learned today.

- - Tiffany Hsu<3