AICI or International Association of Image Consultants is the leading and largest professional association of image consultants or consultants from around the world. It is a non-profit association and aims to be a source of education, experience, excellence and ethics for Image Professionals. She is also dedicated to philanthropic work through projects such as "Authentic Beauty Uncompromised", Responsible Beauty and collaborations with organizations that support groups such as the elderly or cancer patients.
This association brings together consultants specialized in the management of both personal and corporate image, guaranteeing clients a professional service with the aim of achieving personal safety, improving self-esteem, credibility and trust in their job or in their different roles.
The areas of work of the Association are: Companies and organizations, working on their corporate image, the visual impact of employees. People, advising them on Clothing, Personal Care, Etiquette and Protocol and Verbal, Non-Verbal and Written Communication.
The different professionals may be specialized in various 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 seeking 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, which is attended by image experts from dozens of countries.
- QUALITY: Raising industry standards through a rigorous Associate Member Certification program.
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 image advisors and consultants in physical appearance, behavior and communication.
- Collaboration and creation of alliances
- Continuing Education
- Integrity and respect
A little history
In the early 80s, many people discovered the world of image consulting through various bestselling books related to color and physical appearance such as "Dress for Success" and "Color me Beautiful." These new professionals needed support and education to grow, so in 1983 two associations of image consultants were created, AIC on the East Coast of the US 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 having 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 representing the future of the industry are academic members of AICI.
AICI in Spain
AICI has been present in Spain since 2010 when the first AICI ambassador in Spain, Carie Mercier, was appointed to make the association known and 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 group that AICI has in each territory, took place in Spain in February 2015. It was when the Circle AICI Spain was created, an administrative figure that groups 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" on June 12 in Barcelona with more than 100 attendees.
After the success of the event, we were able to gather a sufficient number of members to be able to create the AICI Spain or AICI Spain Central chapter, with which as of July 1, 2016 the International Association of Image Consultants, Spain chapter Spain Central, which is the official name in English.
On October 7, the second edition of the Image Consulting Congress is organized in Madrid at the Círculo Financiero Genova, once again, bringing together more than 120 professionals from 5 countries.
The AICI Spain board 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.