AICI or International Association of Image Consultants is the leading and largest professional association of consultants or image consultants worldwide. It is a non-profit association and aims to be a source of education, experience, excellence and ethics for Image Professionals. She also dedicates herself to philanthropic work through projects such as "Authentic Beauty Uncompromised", Responsible Beauty and collaborations with entities that support groups such as the elderly or cancer patients.
This association brings together advisors specialized in the management of both personal and corporate image, guaranteeing clients a professional service with the aim of achieving personal security, improving self-esteem, credibility and confidence in their job or in their jobs. different roles.
The work areas of the Association are: Companies and organizations, working on their corporate image, the visual impact of employees. People, advising them in Wardrobe, Personal Care, Etiquette and protocol and Verbal Communication, not Verbal and Written.
The different professionals can be specialized in several aspects such as personal shopping or personalized shopping accompaniment, executive presence, design and creation of uniforms, styling and makeup, personal branding, etc.
AICI contributes to the development of the profession of Image Consulting or Consulting through:
- NETWORKING: Bringing together people and companies that look for image consulting services with the right expert for their needs.
- PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY: Providing tools that strengthen the professional image of its associates.
- EDUCATION: Offering continuing education programs: tele-classes, online and face-to-face events as well as its Biannual Conference, attended by image experts from dozens of countries.
- QUALITY: Increasing industry standards through a rigorous certification program to associate members.
The Vision of AICI
A world in which all individuals and organizations have the opportunity to develop their confidence and charisma to grow.
AICI is a global organization whose objective is to establish and promote the highest professional standards for advisors and image consultants in physical appearance, behavior and communication.
- Collaboration and creation of alliances
- Continuous training
- Integrity and respect
A little history
At the beginning of the 80 years, many people discovered the world of image consulting thanks to several sales phenomena related to color and physical appearance such as "Dress for Success" and "Color me Beautiful". These new professionals needed support and education to grow, which is why 1983 created two associations of image consultants, AIC on the East Coast of the USA and AFIC on the West Coast.
AICI was founded in the United States in 1990 as a result of the merger of these two associations with the aim of creating a stronger and more global entity. Currently, AICI has members in fifty countries on all continents. In Latin America, the first chapter was founded in Mexico City, currently with another one in Guadalajara, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
More than 1.000 image consultants, stylists and image consultants are members of AICI and more than 3000 students who represent the future of the industry are academic members of AICI.
AICI in Spain
AICI is present in Spain from 2010 when the first AICI ambassador in Spain, Carie Mercier, was appointed to be able to publicize the association and be able to provide information and support to the country's associates.
The first step to establish ourselves as a chapter or chapter, which is the official grouping that AICI has in each territory, was given in Spain in February of the 2015. It was when the AICI Spain Circle was created, an administrative figure that brings together at least 4 members of AICI in a certain territory that meet periodically to organize activities and the development of the profession. This fact gave impetus to the Spanish members and we managed to organize our first congress "The Image Consulting Congress" the 12 of June in Barcelona with more than 100 attendees.
After the success of the event we managed to gather enough members to be able to create the AICI Spain or AICI Spain Central chapter, with which the 1 of July of the 2016 starts to operate in Spain the International Association of Image Consultants, Spain chapter or Spain Central, which is the official name in English.
The 7 of October is organized in Madrid, the second edition of the Image Consulting Congress in the Financial Circle Genoa again getting to gather more than 120 professionals from 5 countries.
The directive of AICI Spain for the 2016-18 period is composed of Carie Mercier, President, Beth Borés, Vice President, Victoria Navarro, Treasurer, Zohra Bena, Treasurer and VP Events and Marifé Rodríguez VP Marketing.