Senior Stylist

Location US-PA-Warrendale
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The Senior Stylist will be the principal stylist within rue21's in-house photography studio as well as on any campaign photography or videography project. The Senior Stylist will be responsible for all styling needs for product photography, on-figure and on-table. This individual will be part of a collaborative team responsible for creating style standards for the rue21 brand. The Senior Stylist will mentor and manage a studio stylist, set and implement styling improvements and studio workflow efficiencies.


  • Work with Creative Director, VP of Marketing and Merchant team to set style standards for the brand
  • Work with Senior Photographer to plan weekly studio schedule including model and freelance bookings
  • Following creative and brand standards, provide direction and approve fashion styling, hair and makeup styling, model bookings and set and flat-lay styling
  • Responsible for styling outfits for campaign and lifestyle shoots, obtaining final approval and preparing for shipment offsite as needed
  • Work with Studio Stylist to develop and execute brand style guide
  • Work with creative and social media teams to produce content for emails, website, marketing and social media needs. Manage request process and approve products and imagery
  • Assist photographers in setting up and styling flat-lay shots for marketing, ecommerce and social media needs
  • Produce alternative photo shoots as needed, including but not limited to working with Creative Director on shoot concept, booking models and hair and makeup, setting up craft service or food needs and booking travel if needed
  • Stay ahead of current fashion trends, colors, styling trends, beauty trends and photography trends. Build monthly trends boards and present to studio team
  • Work with merchant team to understand upcoming trends, buying inspiration and product flow
  • Work with studio team to create workflow efficiencies to ensure best use of internal and external resources
  • Attend best seller meetings and floor sets, apply learnings in-studio
  • Work with merchant team and trend manager on product hand-overs to ensure timely delivery, sufficient quantity of items, category representation and product flow dates
  • Dress models for daily ecommerce product photography and seasonal photo shoots
  • Mentor, manage and train studio stylist
  • Manage and book freelance stylists when needed


  • Associates Degree in Fashion, Merchandising, Marketing or related field preferred
  • 7+ years of experience styling in a commercial photography environment with a combination of apparel (lay downs and on figure) and tabletop styling
  • Strong online portfolio that demonstrates expertise in applied styling techniques for both still-life product photography and on-body photography
  • Knowledge of apparel on-body styling techniques across the industry and in various fashion categories, with particular attention to tailoring and fit
  • A superb eye for style, visual composition and attention to detail
  • Strong proven experience with on-set standards, traditions, and demands and attention to emerging trends/brands
  • Set design experience preferred
  • Ability to lift at least 30 lbs.
  • Flexibility to work some weekends and irregular hours
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, and presentation skills
  • Ability to operate independently while establishing strong working relationships with co-workers and cross-functional teams
  • Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to foster a positive and motivating work environment, encouraging feedback and innovation
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail and deadlines
  • Ability to adapt well to change in direction and priority in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment


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