Seven survival tips for backstage fashion dressers
Dim the lights, cue the models, play the music and start the show. As fashion week is currently upon us, the glamorous spectacle of the catwalk show is taking centre stage and debuting stunning collections. Industry insiders and fashion enthusiasts alike applaud the designers and models that stage such a great show. However, we may forget that it’s not just all about them.
There’s an entirely different spectacle that goes on in terms of preparing the models backstage. The perfection witnessed in the limelight is the result of a so-called “glam squad” – and dressers are a part of that squad. They go through the epic motions of a super-fast-paced environment. It’s great hands-on experience if you’re keen on obtaining a glimpse into the fashion world. Something you might like to be part of? These 7 survival tips will show you how to keep your sanity:
1. Be organised
Master the art of multitasking. With loads of running around, prioritise your tasks. Models have to be sent out in the right order, so it’s crucial to keep track of things.
2. Be a team player
With all the madness that goes on, you can’t be a lone wolf. If you see someone struggling to dress a model, help them out. Be a good sport. You all have the same goal: putting together a great show.
3. Collect extra tissues
Put some extra ones in your pocket. Don’t let a stain become an unwanted design feature of a garment.
4. Water is life
Sure there is much to do, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your fluids up! Look after yourself. If you don’t want to contribute to any drama by fainting, have a bottle of H2O by your side.
5. Be quick
You have 10-15 seconds at most to put together an entire outfit. Shoes, accessories, clothes – everything. Expect to develop super-human, light-speed abilities.
6. Professional model-to-dresser dialog
There’s nothing wrong with engaging in a little small talk to ease nerves. But you’re there to do a job, not to be a chatter box.
7. Don’t panic
Keep calm and collected. Try to act less overwhelmed amid such a hectic environment. Enjoy it. At the end the day, it’s meant to be a fun experience!
Photo: Ambra Vernuccio