Science of Styling – master class with Megan Morton

This year has been my year of all things and people Australian.  Finally made it to Australia in June (see earlier post) after hearing for years from our friend Jamie about the Aussie way of life, and Brisbane and Byron Bay especially.  The Design Files have been filling in my interior design craving blanks for years.   I also subscribe now to Real Living and Peppermint (discovered this one at Brisbane airport for the first time).  And now, as of last week, I can also say I learned from the most inspired and well known Australian stylist!  I signed up for the class with The School within 10 minutes of seeing the posting on Instagram. Yes, it is my personal Instagram related e-commerce record.  Fast forward 3 months, and I headed to New York City for a 6 hour master class “Science of Styling” with Megan Morton.

We covered a lot during the class, with very pointed and specific advice:

  • shooting angles (every prop has the best side – look at Limoges cup!)
  • how to practice diversion (one of my favorites, and a true eye-opener)
  • on mixing “old” with even “older”
  • on mixing cheap (and a lot of it) with fine (and just little bit of it)
  • vignettes and why we all love them (how about that ledge in Kara Roselund’s bathroom!)
  • flowers that always steel the show (but how too much flower styling can signal you are running thin on ideas!)

I truly appreciated the thoughts on the business aspect of styling:

  • on finding a muse
  • on accepting assignments outside your comfort zone
  • on practicing knowing what you are selling
  • how to push yourself, so faffing does not stay just that…faffing forever

I loved the quote Megan had mentioned: “Beauty wants to replicate itself”.  So true, and we were in a great place to hear that. Our class was held at Chandelier Creative, full of books, art objects and filled with gorgeous light.  The lunch break brought us a little slice of Australia too.  It was prepared by Sarah Glover, with her signature think-outside-the-box food combos. Add Pana Chocolate, heavy handed negronies at the end and you almost could be forgiven for thinking that styling is all about pretty pictures, draping a blanket here and there and throwing a flower in the mix.  But it is a business, demanding outmost creativity, flexibility, and savvy business skills. Just the way Megan described it in her class…

Science of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesignScience of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesignScience of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesign

Science of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesignScience of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesign

Science of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesign
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Science of Styling master class with Megan Morton | totallybydesign

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