The Occupation: Stylist

Published:  October 17, 2012
The Occupation: Stylist

Marc Wasiak is an Australian-based stylist specialising in fashion, set design and commercial advertising, with over 15 years’ experience.

Started out: With a graphic design background but a passion for fashion, I started styling for Melbourne-based photographer (and friend) Gerard O’Connor. This saw us mainly creating fashion stories which somehow always seemed to get more and more elaborate and involved.

I’ve always enjoyed creating sets and setting up entire scenes so the process of moving into advertising was inevitable.

Big Break: I wouldn’t say that there was one big break as such but it seems that every job gets me more and more noticed – the visual world has become so much more connected than when I first started.

I’ve had some amazing times working with some of the world’s most fascinating people – getting to work with photographer David LaChapelle both here in Australia and in New York was definitely a highlight. We shot the late singer Aliya’s last album cover in Melbourne which was so exciting, especially as she was in her prime (such a talented beauty). Another memorable moment is the Pepsi campaign with David Hasselhoff.

Pepsi ad with David Hasslehoff

Current Project: I’ve been working on The V Energy campaign with Clemenger BBDO Sydney, as well as a series of parades for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Favourite Project: My favorite projects are always creating my own personal works, as these seem to facilitate my work in advertising. My favorite is a recent group scene we did in China which was set in an old diesel factory in the 1930s. It is so wonderful creating one’s art in other countries, especially in a place such as China.

What’s Next: I am about to go into production for a new personal project called ‘The Subway’ which will be part of the group scenes that I create with photographer Gerard O’Connor. This particular scene will be partly set in the 1970s and include all of the characters one would find collectively at a New York subway – from vagabond to superstar, businessman to your next door neighbour.

All images taken from Marc Wasiak‘s website.

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