When you are looking up the various personal stylist and personal shopping training programs on the market, it is important to consider many factors, including: Who will be training you? Learning from your instructor’s vast personal styling and personal shopping experience is equally, if not more valuable, than mastering the text book elements and principles of design as they relate to image, fashion and style. A good instructor will ensure you understand color, dressing for body type and building your career. But a great instructor will also share a wealth of real world client experience and will teach you how to excel in various personal shopping and personal styling situations in which each client presents a unique styling scenario in different cultural environments. This is knowledge that can only be gained through experience, and as an aspiring personal stylist, you want to train with Certified Personal Shopping Instructors with real world, global experience.
Michelle T. Sterling, founder of the Sterling Style Academy and Global Image Group, has offered her unique, global perspective of personal styling to an elite group of more than 350 personal shopping students from 40 different countries. Ms. Sterling achieved her AICI Image Consultant Certification in 2003 (the first year it was offered) after working with executive and affluent personal shopping clients since 2000. In 2000, she founded the Global Image Group, which today has a team of a dozen image consultants working with clients in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, South America, and Japan.
Ms. Sterling founded the Sterling Style Academy in 2002, and has developed the program into an internationally recognized Personal Styling and Personal Shopping Training Program that takes place in eight cities globally, including New York, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Dubai. While Ms. Sterling’s main focus is now her students, she continues to work with executives and personal shopping clients in each city during her travels.
Always looking to further develop the value of the Sterling Style Academy to reach a broad range of aspiring personal shoppers and stylists, Ms. Sterling introduced the Sterling Style Academy’s Online Training Program in 2005 where students can enroll per module and study at home on their own schedule to train to become personal stylists. Online modules are formatted in such a way that it somewhat emulates the in-class training courses, giving at home students personal stylist training that is virtually on par with in-class courses.
And in 2010, Ms. Sterling wrote and published three new at home personal shopping and personal styling training workbooks with DVDs to further diversify the training options available to aspiring personal stylists. Focused on offering the services of Wardrobe Consultations and Closet Evaluations, Personal Shopping Sessions, and creating Client Wardrobe Lookbooks, students can now purchase service-specific training tools through the Sterling Style Academy Boutique. Taking at home training another step further, Ms. Sterling also released the Sales, Marketing and Brand Identity Launch Kit to give new personal shoppers a business and marketing plan to grow their businesses and increase clientele through proven industry marketing strategies.
All of this from a women who started working in retail at age 16. Graduates worldwide can attest to the level of professional training they received from Ms. Sterling at the Sterling Style Academy. If you’d like to learn more about enrolling into the Sterling Style Academy or purchasing any of the at home learning tools and resources, please call the Sterling Style Academy at +1.888.866.8996 or email the Sterling Style Academy.
About the Sterling Style Academy
The Sterling Style Academy trains and certifies prospective and aspiring image consultants, personal stylists, and personal shoppers to pursue the career of their dreams. With 10 annual training courses held throughout the year in New York, London, Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Miami, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, as well as Online Training, Teleclasses, and Short eCourses, the Sterling Style Academy prepares you to become a top notch pioneer in the image consulting, personal shopping, and personal styling industry. Master the art of image, fashion and style to become a fashion styling expert. Contact the Sterling Style Academy today to learn how we can help you start a career you are passionate about – shopping and styling! Like us or become our friend on Facebook.