Rebekah Roy has been working as a fashion stylist for over 15 years, and is one of London’s top creative consultants and stylists, working with cutting edge designers and styling for London fashion week, Rebekah is a huge inspiration to a lot of us who aspire to work in the fashion industry.
Rebekah believes in supporting fresh new talent and growing a more inclusive fashion industry and we’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to ask her a few questions about how she got to where she is today, what inspires her and what sees for the future of fashion.
Hi Rebekah! First things first, what originally sparked your interest in fashion and design, who influenced you at the early stages of your journey into fashion?
I was very inspired by my mother and grandmother. I grew up watching them make all their clothes and my mother also knit all our sweaters and crochet bedspreads and tablecloths. My mum made my dresses and even crochet matching outfits for me and my panda bear. It was part necessity and a true labour of love. I loved clothes and all the things that you could say and express with them. I also understood how other people would interpret and react to what one was wearing. I loved art, painting, clothes and storytelling, styling was everything that I loved coming together under one umbrella.
And how did you end up where you are today? What challenges did you face along the way?
I was always interested in fashion, but it wasn’t something that I studied at university. I did Women’s Studies in Montreal, I was interested in art and communication. Later, I did an internship at UK Vogue and that was the beginning of my career in London – from there everything was set in motion. I think the biggest challenge is that you are responsible for yourself. No one else is going to make your life happen. You need to find your team, people you like to work with, people who have a similar aesthetic but different enough that they challenge you. You have to keep working, building your portfolio and exploring new ideas. Keep testing and do lots of editorial fashion shoot
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I had a teacher who said if you’re going to make a mistake make a big one. Take risks, lose everything, get back up again and start again.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since entering the fashion industry?
I don’t know if I’ve had a ‘biggest accomplishment’… I think I’ve had a series of small successes that add up. Maybe it’s better that way and keeps me happy and motivated. I’ve had a wonderful time so far! Early on in my career I had the opportunity to do European tours with Billy Idol and I’ve worked with Kate Nash for the past seven years. I’ve give workshop, done fashion shoots and styled shows all over the world from Saudi Arabia to New York Fashion Week. Every experience counts!
Where do you see the future of fashion going?
Everyone is talking about sustainability, it’s not just a buzz word – it’s how we’re going to have a future. I styled the Consider Design Show at Graduate Fashion Week. It was the first show of its kind at the event. This year so many of the UK’s emerging designers were focused both on design and sustainability. It’s becoming a regular, normal part of our thinking, and we’re just at the beginning – there’s lots of changes to be made. Sustainability has to become part of our everyday life so much so that we’re not evening thinking about it and it’s just normal. In August I’m styling a vegan fashion show. Most people know what organic food is, but they don’t know what vegan fashion looks like and that’s going to change.
What is your best advice for our readers for staying stylish on a budget?
Think about why you’re buying something and buy clothes that you really love. Clothing is an investment and that will last over time. You don’t need to buy lots of thing but you need to shop wisely. Think about the fabrics you’re buying, shop at second hand place and experiment within your wardrobe.
Tell us, what is your favourite piece in your wardrobe?
I wish I had one favourite piece but I don’t. I’ve got quite a few hats from Stephen Jones and I love them all.
And what are you most excited to wear this summer?
Colour! I’ve worn black for so many years that all of a sudden I’m tired of it and I need colour. I love everything pink and red right now.
I think we all need to explore colour a little bit more and summer is an easy time to do that. This season we’re seeing everything from colour blocking and bold stripes with lots of bright yellows, greens and pinks. Grandma chic is everywhere with lots of print on print. There’s so much to explore and have fun with – really it’s all about personal style.
When you’re not styling or blogging, what can we find you doing?
I like going to the cinema and exhibitions. I love walking around London playing tourist and people watch with my dog. When it’s sunny I like to be out in a park or outdoor café with the dog but I do love a Netflix binge.
And finally, what advice do you have for any of our readers who are interested in entering the fashion industry?
Do lots and lots of research and see what it is that really interests you. There are so many jobs within the fashion industry, take a short course, do an internship and learn as much as you can. And then go for it!
To find out more about Rebekah and read her thoughts on fashion and the industry, find her here:
Pinterest: rebekah_roy – Rebekah Roy Fashion Creative
Text by Holly Butteriss
Photos provided by Rebekah Roy’s team.
Special thanks to Rebekah Roy for her participation.