fashion stylist bec cole

After working as a set and costume designer in the Australian film and television industry for 10 years, Bec Cole jumped at the opportunity to focus on fashion. Since then the Melbourne-based stylist has worked on countless campaigns in the advertising industry. Clients include David Jones, Myer, Jeans West and Mossimo. In 2002 she also created her own accessories label. The images above are from an upcoming book that Bec collaborated on with photographer Robyn Lea, called The Milan Book.

Which five words best describe you? Dedicated, spontaneous, silly, dreamer, passionate.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I started my journey set and costume designing then branched out into film and TV until a dear friend, who owned an advertising agency, asked me to style a few campaigns and shoots. I’ve not looked back. As a child I’d constantly dress my sister up at all hours too.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Do your best, always go with your intuition.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Working on two books with photographer Robyn Lea - travelling with her through Milan, France and, most recently, Mexico. Making beautiful images and going on adventures. I’m about to embark on styling an exhibition piece with photographer and friend Andrew Vukosav in Indonesia - can’t wait!

What’s been your best decision? Believe in myself and don’t be scared to dream.

Who inspires you? My amazing grandmother - in her 90s and so young at heart still.

What are you passionate about? Beauty - both creating and appreciating, and I have a soft spot for animals, especially my very pampered feline friend Miss April, who is never short of a snack or two.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I would have loved to have met Coco Chanel, had a wine and cigarette (even thought I don’t smoke) and talked about fashion and men!

What dream do you still want to fulfil? I’d love to publish my own book - TBA.

What are you reading? On the couch, reading my most favourite magazine - Lula.

images courtesy of bec cole photography by robyn lea for the milan book hair and makeup jennifer bradburn and antonio manna for toni&guy / belinda zollo models fashion model management / chadwick