Isobel Campbell’s stylist work.
Isobel Campbell’s stylist work. Red Eclipse Photography

Isobel's style is a head-turner

STYLIST and fashion design student Isobel Campbell isn't afraid to dream big.

The 21-year-old, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast, is a hot finalist in Westfield Garden City's Stylist Apprentice competition, a career-launching opportunity for aspiring stylists and fashion fanatics to gain invaluable and paid experience in the styling and fashion industries. She is also working on her latest collection, a line of "fashion-conscious surfwear" as part of her final year of study in fine arts and fashion design at Queensland University of Technology.

It's an unusual choice for someone who admitted she was not a keen swimmer, but the Sunshine Coast girl-at-heart said she had been inspired by memories of the sun, surf and sand.

"It's funny because I hardly ever swim but I like to take inspiration from when I was younger ... I would see my Dad surfing every day," Campbell said.

She said the colourful, eye-catching designs incorporated into the wetsuits reflected her personal style.

When she's not working on her studies, Campbell is committed to boosting her portfolio and undertakes unpaid work as a stylist, compiling outfits and looks for fashion labels and photoshoots.The young student is unsure where she will end up upon graduation but her goal is to work as either a designer, stylist or both, just like fashion entrepreneur Rachel Zoe.

Campbell said she was "open to anything" and "the world is my oyster".Like her fashion icon, European socialite Daphne Guinness, Campbell described her individual style as fun and fearless.

"She's a socialite not a designer or stylist but she takes it upon herself to wear outrageous clothes, couture pieces. She's architectural and fearless in her style which I really admire," Campbell said.

"I definitely feel like I push the boundaries with my styling."

But Campbell wasn't always certain she wanted to pursue a career in the fashion.

"All through high school, I was good at two things: science and art," she said.

Graduating from high school with a high OP score, Campbell said she had found herself open to many opportunities and felt the need to explore a future in science before she "let creativity take over".

She enrolled in a university in occupational therapy, but after just three weeks of study, she realised that was not what she wanted to do. "I didn't want to have any regrets," Campbell said.

"I'm glad I went down that way and now I can safely say it (a career in science) wasn't for me. I'm happy where I am now."



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