A senior fashion consultant leads and directs other fashion consultants in serving the fashion needs of their clients, who can include celebrities, politicians, and businesspeople. The consultants working under the senior fashion consultant meet with clients, suggest potential “looks,” and do the shopping for clothing and accessories. The senior consultant reviews their choices, makes suggestions, and offers potential alternatives. They also schedule consultants, manage paperwork, and serve as the consultancy’s “face” when dealing with established clients, as well as when looking to acquire new clients.
Generally speaking, senior fashion consultants work for private consulting agencies, department and retail chain stores, or boutique retailers. Work is done at any time during the week, although most senior consultants still work a 5-day week. While they usually work from a specific office or studio, they often do venture to stores, fashion houses, and fashion shows to shop for clients and to stay on top of the latest in style trends.
To become a senior fashion consultant, one must work as a fashion consultant first and demonstrate excellence in the position. He or she must be quick to think up alternatives and explain them, taking clients’ needs and tastes into account. At times, experience can be enough to allow one to rise to senior level, although most also have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, marketing, or retail management.