Written by Jessica Klausing
Jack Austin is a Celebrity Fashion Stylist based out of Los Angeles, California, where he has worked with international talent such as Courtney Bingham, Joey Tierney, Kelly Cutrone, Jim Jenson, and Troy Jenson. His works have been published in top fashion publications worldwide.
Austin’s passion for styling started at a young age in Melbourne, Australia, where he was born and raised.
“I was three years old and telling my mother and grandmother what to wear and what not to wear,” recalls Austin. “Fashion is always changing and yet staying the same, that’s the beauty of fashion, it’s something frozen and yet moving forward in time.”
After working a few fashion gigs and internships, Austin gained the knowledge and expertise to follow his dream into the professional world of wardrobe styling. In 2011 he headed to Los Angeles to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where he earned his degree in Merchandise Product Development.
“I wanted to come to LA because I wanted to see what the world has to offer. I love how fashion in the US is translated into the masses – where it you start from fashion week and then finally into the Boutiques.”
Not long after graduation he took on the Head Stylist position for Astudillo Photography working alongside celebrity photographer Rudy Astudillo. Austin’s most recent project is the YCO Active Launch LookBook.
The YCO Active line strives to empower women through their warrior-esque workout line. Austin explains that the inspiration behind the style is for “women to release their inner warrior and to be their own kind of badass.”
“I see women being a girlboss in their field. The type of women I envision to wear this clothing brand are unapologetic for their ways, like Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.”
The competitive fashion world is more than just glamour. Stylists spend countless hours on meticulous research and collaborations with clients. Austin and his team create detailed mood boards then schedule casting calls. Austin compares this grueling process to filming a movie. It takes a keen eye and patience to bring an artistic vision to life.
“People have these beliefs that fashion is this amazing thing, which it is. However they seem to think it’s an easy career to succeed in, and when you do your first internship to get coffee for your boss or collecting sample fabric from vendors you see how hard the fashion industry is. I loved every moment in the fashion industry. It’s something that is a part of me and it’s who I am.”
Austin says he keeps up to date with current trends just by getting out and people watching.
“I love going to coffee shops in Venice or Melrose and watch the people walk by. I sometimes take photos of their outfits because it’s so different. Another great way in finding current trends is by watching TV shows that rely heavily on fashion. Pretty Little Liars was a huge trend watching show for me, Mandi Line, the show’s costume designer, did an amazing job in capturing the trends! Fashion is always changing. With the world of social media, something is in one day and out the next. It really keeps you on your toes.”
Whether it’s a Hollywood starlet for a prestigious photoshoot or someone looking for a wardrobe update, Jack Austin devotes his time and interest in all aspects of the fashion world. He gives each of his clients a high level of respect and attention, ensuring him future achievement in the industry.
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