Finding a Home
“Some people can do styling without a degree, but I think it is important to get formal training,” says Yenifer Ubiera. When Ubiera first started researching programs, she looked close to home in New York, but was dismayed to discover that the school she was interested in didn't have a styling program. What she found in the Academy’s School of Fashion was not only one of the country’s only accredited BFA Fashion Styling programs, but one she could complete entirely online without disrupting her life in New York.
The Academy’s flexible online education program allows Ubiera to customize her class schedule to fit her busy life while taking advantage of the Academy's resources for online students—resources like access to library databases and subscription-only publications and, of course, the world-class School of Fashion faculty. “The reason I'm always passionate about my career is that the instructors push me forward. I think that’s the best a fashion student can have—a critic to help you grow.”
Ubiera’s client list so far includes Nike, Levi’s, Andreeva, Priscavera, Echtego, Plakinger, Nika Tang and Voodoo Australia, to name a few. She’s styled shoots for Vogue Australia, Hope St. and Schön magazines, and shows for Gen Art, Amconyc and PLITZS Fashion Marketing. Her work has been published in Gen Facio, Sheeba, Disorder UK, MOOB and McGlory Fashion magazines.
Ubiera acknowledges that the role the Academy played in her path to success is not small. “Everything always goes back to the Academy,” she says.