So back in March of this year, I was invited to showcase some of my items with RAW: Natural Born Artists. They’re a pretty interesting company – their goal is to showcase independent artists/designers/performance and visual artists. They put on big showcases in different cities every month and a half, with booths/tables for accessory designers, gallery setups for visual artists and of course a stage/runway show for musical artists, performers and fashion designers.
I was contacted through Etsy for their show in Brooklyn and I thought, hey, why not? Gotta grab at any press opportunity when you’re just starting out. Plus, I’d never done a runway show before and I wanted to try it.
I’m not going to lie, that month and a half preparing for the show was SO stressful. I had only leather harnesses, but wanted to have something, well, MORE to show on the runway. Nearly naked models with only leather harnesses on was a bit too risque. Plus my parents were going to be there. So.
I whipped up some sheer black silk organza gowns and lace skirts and dresses to be worn under the harnesses. They turned out well enough. Hooray for stretchy fabrics! Seriously, so much easier to fit.
The actual show was pretty exciting. The venue was great, with this kind-of-old-and-kind-of-creepy-but-now-it’s-cool-’cause-of-hipsters industrial vibe to it. The green room was tiny, crammed with myself and my models and the awesome make up artist I teamed up with (DSR Makeup, look ‘er up! @DSRMakeup), as well as another designer and her team. It started to get pretty warm, as we all had to wait in there from 3pm (our call time) until 10pm, when the runway portion finally began. ><
And when the show finally did start… hoo boy. Yeah, pro-tip? Don’t plan for your models to have multiple dress changes when you only have 2 minutes to change and when your designs are stupidcomplicated pieces with confusing straps and buckles and whoknowswhat. Unless you have a dedicated dresser for each model. Which I didn’t. Things got pretty chaotic back there, and a few pieces didn’t even make it onto the runway.
Overall though, it was a good experience.
And hey, at least I got some runway photos of stuff. So that’s a plus.