Life of a Stylist
When you have the opportunity to work one on one with your professor, take it! Running in late due to the Bart station, I met my quirky and cool Styling professor, Elizabeth Baca. After passing the class with flying colors, I reached out to Baca to help assist her outside the classroom. Baca partners with Macy’s as a freelance stylist; styling outfits together for special events and fashion shows. It was during these events, that I had the chance to get to know Baca outside of Academy of Art University.
As we sat and tapped shoes, her one-eyed dog, BooBoo came over to me. It was our love of dogs that sparked our conversation. As a student, we only reach the surface with our teachers. It was then I realized she is more than a teacher, but a mentor. Baca explained to me how her family was a into collecting. How she knew working a 9-5 job was not her dream job. “I like the freedom”, stated Baca. Leaving her Fashion and Design Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, she ventured out to go independent as a stylist.
Find something you love, and don't stop looking and trying new things until your happy.
While prepping for clothes for an inspired “Coachella” evening at Macy's, I was able to ask Baca a couple questions about her lifestyle. “I ask myself how I’m feeling, and I go with it”, stated Baca. We conversed how location can influence one’s style. Baca stays close to the city, to be influenced by all the different styles from Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Diversity amongst the cities influence Baca’s fashion. As any girl would do, we started to discuss personal findings and our favorite pieces of clothing.