We were delighted last week to welcome past-pupil & internationally acclaimed Fashion Stylist, Caroline Baxter, to the Loreto Art and Design Department. Caroline was invited back the our school by Head of Department, Mrs McGuigan, to deliver a Careers’ Talk to a group of students from Years 10-14. Caroline was taught A’ Level Art & Design by our Principal, Mrs O’Hanlon, who instilled in her a passion for the subject. This led to her embarking on her career path by studying ‘Illustration and Graphic Design’ at degree level in England.
Caroline is now an award-winning stylist with over 25 years’ experience working in the fashion industry. She has held senior positions on glossy magazines, including Fashion Editor of both Cosmopolitan and Zest, Executive Fashion Director at New Woman and Group Fashion Director of Essentials, Woman and Woman Fashion. On being awarded the BSME Stylist of the Year title back in 2017, the judges said “This stylist combines the most accessible models, best-in-class photographers and stunning locations to create simply sumptuous images – all on a miniscule budget. Her styling is immaculate and inspirational and goes to show that models don’t need to be scowling, pin thin or expensively dressed to create a truly memorable fashion image.”
Throughout her visit Caroline kept her young Loreto audience captivated with stories from her extensive career portfolio. Although Fashion Styling is now her main career, she has also worked as an Art Director and Fashion Editor. She explained to the students that her career keeps evolving. She talked about working on an animation project with Steven Spielberg in the 1990’s, styling photoshoots with supermodel Karlie Kloss and working with the 1960’s icon, Twiggy, for a magazine cover.
Caroline also gave a general overview of career paths within the Creative Industries and highlighted what websites students should look at to get a grasp of how the digital sphere is evolving in today’s marketplace. She concluded her talk by telling the students that having a grounding in Art & Design is crucial to working in this sector.