Project X with Richard Phillipart, 20.3.17

The Alan D Academy saw The Project X Team come together with Richard Phillipart on Monday 20th March for their third mentor day as a team. It was a chance to get an insight into the wonderful world of session styling.

They kicked off the day by presenting their individual mood boards on their favourite session stylist, explaining why they chose them and how they influence their own work. Richard then presented his own work, talking the team through his personal journey and giving them an insight into his thought processes when creating his looks. He finished the morning session by bringing his techniques to life on a model, showing the team a range of core skills that would benefit them in their own session work, as well as how to translate these into their salon work.

Richard’s energy was infectious and by the afternoon, the team couldn’t wait to begin practicing. Richard worked the room, guiding and feeding back to the team as well as chatting to them all about his career and giving them advice on how to shoot on a budget such as sourcing your own models and shooting images in the salon.

Mentor Kai Wan says, “Richard Phillipart is the perfect candidate to teach the team about session styling. He’s worked with Sam McKnight and with the team having recently visited the Sam McKnight exhibition, it was very timely! They absolutely loved it and came away inspired.”

Photographer: Alice North