American Idol Style Consultant Credits Fashion School FIDM with Launching Her Career as Celebrity Stylist

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American Idol style consultant Soyon An, who won an Emmy Award for her work on So You Think You Can Dance, credits her college FIDM with launching her career as a Celebrity Stylist.

American Idol Style Consultant Soyon An launched her career as a Celebrity Stylist with a degree from fashion college FIDM.

Costume designer, stylist, and design consultant Soyon An wears a lot of hats – all of them fashionable. The former Emmy Award-winning costume designer for So You Think You Can Dance is currently the style consultant for American Idol. She recently appeared on camera in a segment with designer Tommy Hilfiger where they update the current contestant’s style.

“If it’s a soft song, I opt for clothes that have more flow,” she has explained of her process dressing singers and dancers alike. “The faster the song is, the tighter the clothes will get.” An says she tries to stay away from using black, but when she does, she uses a lot of Swarovski crystals to make pieces pop.

As for a career in fashion, An knew from an early age that she wanted to work in this exciting industry. “I think it just happened naturally, the decision came with the opportunity and that is what I wanted to do,” she told Seventeen magazine. “When I was a senior in high school I applied to a bunch of design schools and started taking fashion courses. From there I went to FIDM to get on a little bit of a faster route (I’m a slight overachiever) and that got me into the world of celebrity styling.”

An hopes to one day collaborate with artists such as Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani and tells aspiring fashion stylists to take as many fashion courses as possible and learn the basics. “You need to learn how a garment is constructed and then experiment on yourself and your friends,” she has said. “Have fun and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!”

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a co-educational, specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries. Known as a one of the top fashion design schools, FIDM is also a leading graphic design school and interior design college. Visit for more information.

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