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Former student now celebrity stylist Ryan Kay inspires fashion innovation students in an exciting guest lecture

Level 3 Fashion Innovation students from Warrington & Vale Royal College have started their course in style this autumn term with a series of guest lectures by big names in the fashion industry. As well as visits from universities and industry professionals, Ryan Kay, a former student now celebrity stylist and image consultant, visited the college’s ground-breaking Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Academy to inspire and impart his knowledge to current students.

Ryan enrolled at the college back in 2007, studying acting & musical theatre which he says helped him to build his confidence and prepared him for working in the vibrant and fast-paced celebrity fashion industry. Thinking back to his time at college, Ryan fondly remembers the productions he performed in as his favourite element of his college experience. It was these showcases that ignited his ambition to become a stylist, with his understanding of the stage becoming instrumental in his precise fashion compositions which now grace TV screens and Instagram feeds across the nation.

After college, Ryan moved to London to study at the London College of Fashion, placing himself at the epicentre of the British fashion scene. Having worked in PR for major fashion icons, as well as spending time as a fashion consultant and stylist, Ryan decided to start his own business as a celebrity stylist, having impressed “Sax” singer and X Factor contestant Fleur East with his chic styles and eye for the latest trends. This started his stellar career styling the likes of Olivia Attwood, Gemma Owens and Lucy Fallon.

In the present day, Ryan continues to be a styling sensation, having amassed a following on Instagram of over 34k and worked on the likes of London Fashion Week, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away, Strictly Come Dancing and as a stylist for Hello and OK! magazines. To Year 11 pupils considering a future in fashion, Ryan says:

“Resilience and flexibility are key. In the fashion industry, you have to work your way to the top, so be prepared to work hard! While at college, take every opportunity and resource given to you. The fashion innovation course here is really impressive. I can’t believe the facilities and how much the college has developed since my time here.”

Looking towards his own future ambitions, Ryan hopes to continue building his brand while sharing his expertise and experiences with the next generation of fashion professionals. Over the course of this academic year, Ryan will be working closely with our fashion department on an exclusive project and live brief, giving our students invaluable experience and helping them to bolster their portfolio ready to start their dream careers.

If you are in Year 11 and dream of working in fashion, applying for our Fashion Innovation course will be your first step on the catwalk to success! To find out more and apply today, visit: Art, Fashion & Creative Crafts | Warrington & Vale Royal College ( or click the button below.

View our fashion innovation course here.
Ryan with some of the college's fashion students