Do you frequently receive compliments on your look? Do family, friends and even people you hardly know ask your advice when getting dressed? Do you watch the makeover shows and think, “I could do that”? Do you have a desire to help others look and feel terrific? If the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, then the dynamic and fast-growing field of Image Consulting may be just the career for you! Carol Davidson, AICI CIP is considered “The Consultant to Image Consultants.” A sought after wardrobe consultant and respected educator, Carol is an instructor in the Image Consulting Certificate Program at FIT and offers private training for image consultants. Carol is a Past President of the New York Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). With her vast experience and nurturing, consultative style, Carol can provide you with private coaching on how to start your image business. Learn where to get what you need for the profession. Discover the training options that are available. Assess your skills. Discuss the market potential and how to differentiate yourself. Lean what you need to develop and grow as an image professional. Learn more ›› Note: Register for any full day class and receive the 3-1-1:
  • 3 months of e-mail support to answer questions as you begin to work with real or practice clients
  • 1 group call to share success stories, best practices and any challenges
  • 1 semi-private class that will give you the tips, tools and techniques you need to succeed!
For information about our classes, coaching or how to become an image consultant, please contact me for details.

The Art of the Initial Consultation

1 Day Tuition Fee: $750
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Do you have a basic understanding of color, body shapes, and style, yet struggle with how to put it all together for an initial client consultation? This first client encounter is, without a doubt, the key to ensuring a successful closet or in-store shopping experience—and cultivating a long-term client relationship. With this class, you will receive the techniques and tips you need to educate and enlighten your client, yet still leave them coming back for more!

Specifically, you will:

  • Learn how to structure, pace, and deliver an initial consultation
  • Discover how to get the information you need to best assist a client
  • Outline the necessary steps before and after the session
  • Determine the tools you need to get started
  • Bonus: Receive a client questionnaire that you can use with your own clients!

You’ll also witness how I conduct parts of the consultation and experience what’s like to be the client.

Closet Analysis for Image Professionals

1 Day Tuition Fee:  $750
Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Let’s face it.  Going into someone’s closet sight unseen can be a daunting task.  Do you have an organized and systematic approach?  With this class you will develop the skills and strategies necessary to effectively assess, edit, and organize a client’s wardrobe.  You will also explore how to give mileage to existing pieces and discover the sequence of steps necessary to ensure a successful closet consultation.

Specifically, you will:

  • Methodology for wardrobe assessment
  • Consultation preparation
  • Wardrobe building exercises
  • Tips for managing session flow
  • Wardrobe planning sheets
  • “Shop Your Closet” toolkit checklist
  • Communication and marketing strategies

Participants should bring two clothing items from their own closet for review.

Spotlight on Professional Shopping

1 Day Tuition Fee: $750
Friday, February 15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Do friends, family, even people you hardly know ask your advice when shopping?  Do you want to help people repeat their clothing successes and minimize their clothing mistakes?  Do you have a desire to make it easier for others to find clothing and accessories that make them look and feel amazing?  With this class, you will learn how to shop your way to success!

In a classroom setting, you will learn how to:

  • Structure your shopping sessions
  • Research and match vendor’s with clients’ needs
  • Identify shopportunities

Turn your passion into a profitable, professional shopping business.

We will also head out to a local store for some ‘hands on’ practice selecting items for prototype clients.

Go Figure: Get Confident with Body Analysis

1 Day Tuition Fee: $750
Monday, January 28, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you’re still finding it tough to ‘shop the racks’ for clothing that fits your clients’ figure needs, it’s time for a fresh understanding of the basic elements of line and design. The key to really ‘getting it’ lies in understanding the different body shapes and characteristics, then knowing how to dress them for the most flattering effect. Join industry insider Carol Davidson, AICI CIP as she gives you her insights for becoming more confident in your wardrobe recommendations.

In this session you will discover how to help clients make clothing choices that flatter their unique figures using the principals of optical illusion; incorporate elements of color, line and design to achieve great results; and explore communication strategies that weave sensitivity and diplomacy with the necessary assessment skills.

Identify a client’s shoulder and waist characteristics and hip placement.

  • Determine a client’s body shape and type.
  • Assess appropriate solutions for different body shapes and specific body challenges.
  • Define vertical proportions of the body.
  • Identify four universally flattering clothing shapes.
  • Identify a minimum of five communication strategies that incorporate sensitivity and diplomacy with assessment skills.

Focus on Fit: How to Match the Clothes to the Client

3 Hour Seminar: $275
 Date and Time TBD 

Even the most experienced shopper can be intimidated when shopping for someone else. We know where we shop, what we like and what works for us.  But with all of the different styles, brands and fits, it’s hard to know what will work best for a client.  Do you ever wish you had a cheat sheet on different manufacturers and for what type of clients they work best?  Join me for this three-hour seminar and get the inside scoop on what “fits” your client in every way.

Included is:

  • An understanding of how many brands fit
  • A look at the current trends and the over-arching fashion style(s) for each brand
  • Insights about the layout of a department store and working with a department store shopper

This class is held on-site at Macy’s, the “World’s Largest Department Store.” This shopping mecca has a vast array of merchandise, but is often over-looked because its sheer size can be overwhelming. A long-time favorite of natives and tourists alike, Macy’s earned its reputation as the go-to for wardrobe basics.  While you will still find plenty of these staples in store, many are surprised to discover that Macy’s also serves as a destination for size-inclusive, on-trend merchandise. If you haven’t shopped there in a while, it’s time to take a fresh look at the most-visited retail store in the U.S.

You will also receive a personal introduction to a Macy’s Personal Shopper with whom you can partner to provide your clients with a “boutique” shopping experience. Of course we’ll leave time to shop and you can receive my expert advice—and assistance—if you so desire.

1:1 Private Training Classes

Price is variable

Are you visiting New York City for a limited time and can’t commit to a lengthy training program? Or do you live here and simply need to brush up on specific skills, your methodology or delivery?  This might be better titled, “Ask and You Will  Receive.” You pick the day(s), duration and subject matter.  I will customize a half or full day(s) program to meet your needs. Some or all of the following content areas may be included: color or body analysis, wardrobe review, wardrobe planning and styling, accessories, professional shopping or virtual services.  Classes may be customized with PPT instruction, practice clients and/or we may go on site to a local retail store or vendor.  Regardless of the specific content area, client communication, marketing and business development are stressed throughout.  You will receive what you need to develop or grow as a stylist or image professional.  Pricing is contingent on the duration and degree of customization.