Fashion Stylist Sasha Troshchynska on How She Got Her Start in the Industry
By: Valeria Ramos
Sasha Troshchynska is a Ukraine native who has been working as a fashion stylist for more than five years. Now based in New York, Sasha’s work has been featured in magazines like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and I-D Magazine.
“I always had a passion for fashion. When I was a little girl, I liked to wear my mom’s wedding dress at home and tried to customize my clothes to look like couture from the TV,” she said.
Since then, Sasha’s creativity has been put to use in creating images that not only sell clothes but tell stories.
“The best inspiration I get is from the art of passionate and talented people, street style, history, and cinematography,” she shared “For me, it has to be more than just a nice picture with clothes from the runway. It has to be a story with sense. Everyone who looks at it has to read it.”
Despite helping to create stunning images, Sasha admits to being a perfectionist when it comes to styling. “When I look back at my work, I’m usually not satisfied. But this is how we learn from our mistakes. Every shoot is special for me,” she said.
While shooting editorials means being surrounded by clothing worth thousands of dollars, Sasha shares there is a great deal of responsibility required in her fast-paced and creative career.
“The best [part of the job] is the creative process and the worst is organizing,” she said “Good preparation means a lot because you have to deal with tons of expensive designer clothes and be careful. The main thing is not to lose your passion in the creative part during the preparation process.”
Part of this preparation process includes trying to get a hold of pieces from the newest designer collections, planning, and of course, executing a final image. “It’s always challenging and there is no time for stopping and catching a breath.”
Despite the challenges, Sasha shares her love for the job outweighs everything. “I like to be challenged. There are a lot of amazing creatives in the industry to work with, and in New York City, everything feels possible,” she said.
Sasha shares that the best thing about the inconsistency of her career is “unstoppable development,” which says a lot about her work ethic and drive.
Her advice to others pursuing a career in styling is to be humble and honest with yourself. “It doesn’t matter what position a person has, you have to be polite and nice to all the people you meet when you are building your career.”
And finally, for the creatives out there, “keep your eyes open, as inspiration is on every corner.”