If you have ever watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model when the competitors are challenged to do a fashion show, you get a glimpse inside how hectic they actually are. It’s a much different feeling then what you see on the runway. The models on the catwalk look cool, calm and collected as they strut their stuff, and nothing seems to faze them. If a wardrobe malfunction occurs, or they take a spill, they just act like that was all part of the show.
Backstage however, is a scene of chaos. You have about twenty people working on just one model to get her looking like the vision the designer has for the show. It’s not always pretty hair and makeup you see on a red carpet either. Sometimes it’s something extreme like extensive face paint, to give the model an animalistic appearance. And hair, no matter what is being done to it (sometimes even getting cut), lots and LOTS of hairspray is required.
The looks of the model may be important but the product, the clothes, need to be at their best as well. Last minute detailing and tailoring are made, adding more people to the pandemonium.
And it’s not like the craziness is over once the show starts. There are wardrobe changes to be made and with little time to make it back on the runway, clothes go flying (thankfully there are people to pick up and hang back up those beautiful designer clothes). There is no privacy to be found at these fashion shows, and simply because there is too little time and too many people. It’s a major production like any actor, singer or dancer experiences.
But to add to the list of people in attendance backstage, there are photographers capturing all the fun. So enjoy these images (and more that we have back at Newscom) of backstage scenes at fashion shows.
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