You Better Work – Behind the Scenes at Sacramento Fashion Week
By Jennifer Snyder, guest blogger
My experience as a model for Sac Fashion week was, in a word, chaotic. There were several seemingly arbitrary meetings, rehearsals, fittings without clothes to try on and various other requirements that didn’t seem so compulsory in hindsight. There was plenty of “hurry up and wait” happening at any given meet-up.
At first I thought the whole thing was rather poorly organized, and wondered why they didn’t hire someone who organizes events for a living. You see… I am type A. I am the kind of girl that makes five lists before I start anything. I like order. It sometimes seemed as though there was no method to the madness, but I’ve learned that with these creative types, it all seems to come together brilliantly.
I’ve always admired artists. As a self proclaimed perfectionist, beautiful chaos was never something I’ve been able to pull off. I allegedly like to get creative, but inevitably get too frustrated with the inconsistencies and asymmetries to be pleased with what I’ve done. The people I’ve met since I started modeling and especially at Sac Fashion Week have blown me away with their creativity and originality. The clothing designers brought their A-game with remarkably well-made quality pieces.
Knowing firsthand that some of them are throwing outfits together at the last minute on a standard home sewing machine puts into perspective the skill and imagination they themselves are bringing to the table. I modeled designs by Julian Gutierrez and from the Kennie’s Doll line by Joycelynn Brown.
When I was first told that the time we were expected to arrive for hair and makeup was approximately 7 hours prior to the beginning of the show, I balked. I couldn’t believe that I would really need to be there that long. I had done other shows, and that seemed like way more time than they could possibly need. When I arrived, it became abundantly clear why they would need the models to arrive so early.
The staging area was a flurry of makeup powder and hairspray fumes. Each designer’s chosen look for hair and makeup were pasted on the wall for the hair and makeup artists to match.
Models waited at different stations (foundation, contour, eyes, for example) for their next layer of their respective look. There was definitely waiting involved but certainly no boredom. Each designer had a different idea and watching the hair and makeup artists do their work was fascinating.
It really takes a whole team of people to make it work. And that’s just the team it takes to make the models look like they do before they emerge on the runway. Let us not forget the producers, stylists, coordinators, sound people, lighting people, whoever puts the runway and stage together and anyone else I may have forgotten.
A lot of prep work goes into making it happen and while it was definitely chaotic and sometimes frustrating, it came together beautifully and I am proud to say I was a part of it.
(photo) photo credit: Kondrya Photography and Justin Day Photography