Tuesday, 9 June 2009

That Graduate Fashion Week 2009

Sorry I haven't been blogging in a long time. I've had so much going on and I didn't know what to exactly put on my blog? Should it just be fashion related? I always found that quite difficult, I'm still in the learning process of understanding fashion and style.

Yesterday I was working backstage at the 2009 Graduate Fashion Week as a dresser. It really is a great experience and anyone serious about having a career in fashion, I suggest being a dresser is something you should do. Me being me, I arrived too early ONE HOUR in fact! I saw one of my tutors Louis De Gama, he is also an amazing fashion designer so look at his work. I bumped into him and he suggested I take a look around the exhibition at the other universities so I bumped paying for a ticket since I was a dresser and got a free ticket instead!

Every university was amazing in it's own right and congratulations to all the students graduating this year. I had read in the Metro (yes I know!) that the great fashion blogger Susie Bubble had her own stall and of course I went over to meet her. I explained to her that I had my own blog, but I just didn't know how to start it out, what to put and what not to put. She was very helpful and gave me great advice which I will keep with me not just for the blog but overall in life.

'Don't think about it, just do it....let it flow'

It's really true. Why should I care for what people will think, not everything I do be their cup of tea, right?! 

So here it is, a new day and a fresh start. 

Here's my blog.

As I said before I was lucky enough for to be a dresser for my university. Since I arrived early I had a walk round seeing such amazing work and talent and hoping that one day my work will be there. 

At four I met the other dressers, some slightly overdressed to be dressers for me personally, but hey whatever floats your boat. We got our passes and unloaded the racks of clothing. People rushing by or rather running to start getting set up. Once we got backstage it finally sunk in I AM BACKSTAGE AT A FASHION SHOW! Models names posted to their own racks and hair and make up getting briefed, it all became so real. We put all the garments on their assigned racks and waited for the models to come. One by one they all came in, I got my dresser kit out I seemed to be the only one who brought anything, actually I was.

- pins; dressing and safety
- needle & threads in array of colours 
- lint remover 
- masking tape
- silk scarf
- cream
- boob tape =p
- water, just because I don't want to faint!

I thought I may of overdone it, but honestly it all came handy.

Finally my model, Lydia, came and she was a gem when she came over with a big smile on her face I knew she wasn't going to be a diva. She came over introduced herself and ask our names. We did a run through and of course things were missing, it's fashion! Thanks to my amazing dresser leader Rochelle, it all got sorted out and we found a way round the problem.

Hair and make up took ages, so I got her something to eat and drink (and Oreos, because everyone loves Oreos!). I didn't understand why it took so long to straighten her hair when it was already straight?! We was literally putting on her first look on while she was getting her hair and make up done in the line up, it sounds easier than it actually was. Great teamwork there!

The show went off with a snap, bang, crackle & pop and I felt so proud to be a part of it a small part, but a part of it.  I finally feel part of the fashion industry! Doing my degree it is great of course, but being outside London I miss all the hustle and bustle. Hopefully next year I will be driving and I will get the opportunity to network more. This opportunity has really made me want to do it more I love fashion and being a dresser is a great way to learn the ins and outs of it. Thats why its called backstage it's behind the scenes...or behind the seams....gosh I am sad.


love ya much xoxo

And yes there was male models, and yes they were hot, but gosh they know it.

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