Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2011

Backstage at Salvatore Ferragamo S/S 12 & what I learned there

I was lucky enough to be granted backstage access at Ferragamo`s S/S 12 show. It was a truly exciting and crazy experience but it also was a lot different from what I expected it to be.

Zuzanna Bijoch & Izabel Goulart

Daga Ziober

Predjudice 1: 'The cameras are always on': TRUE. I expected that the photographers would be allowed in for about 5 minutes and then kicked out. But the photographers are already waiting backstage (watching the models getting dressed) and start shooting about 10 minutes before the show begins and leave right when its over (rushing on to the next show).

Daga Ziober, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Alana Zimmer

Zuzanna Bijoch, Alana Zimmer & Jacquelyn Jablonski

Predjudice 2: 'Backstage areas are big': FALSE. Judging by the backstage photos I had seen I had the idea that backstage areas were big. This one was small and packed with busy people.

Juju Ivanyuk & Alana Zimmer

Magdalena Frackowiak getting dressed...

Predjudice 3: 'Models make friends in the industry': (probably) FALSE. With all the time models spend waiting backstage and how (physically) close the (hair-)stylists are getting to them I assumed that models would somehow get to know these people (if only on the level of superficial smalltalk). But I only saw models talking to other models, completely ignoring all the people styling them.

...and strikes a pose.

Daga Ziober & Melodie Monrose

Predjudice 4: 'Models are arrogant': this predjudice is rubbish anyway. As with all other humans, some of them are nice and some are not so nice. That`s the way it is. I still noticed that the newcomers were more friendly & co-operative than the stars. (Wonder why Daga Ziober is in five pictures while I only got one blurry shot of Anja Rubik? ;)

Izabel Goulart


Predjudice 5: 'Models are young': TRUE. Ok, this is no news and we know this but I was stunned HOW young they actually look are when the make-up and styling is off! In pictures they look like 'young women' but they are actually young, teenage GIRLS. I`m a declared enemy of society`s obsession with youth and highly appreciate all things feminine and mature but I admit (without envy) that these girls are flawless & stunning! Also BECAUSE they are that young. It`s politically incorrect to admit but the 15-year-olds really "look better" than the 25-year-olds. You can`t really tell why but there is some kind of freshness about them.

Jasmine Tookes

Lindsay Lullman

Predjudice 6: 'Models always know how to strike a pose': TRUE. Oh yeah, they do and it makes them look fabulous & glamorous.

Karlie Kloss coming back in from the runway

Valerija Kelava & Karlie Kloss

Predjudice 7: 'Models have to multi-task': TRUE. I thought that models were first going to make-up, then having their hair done and then getting dressed (maybe in different order but certainly not all at once). FALSE. It`s amazing how many people are fixing different things on one model at once! It must be annoying but the models did bear it with professional patience.

Anabela Belikova & Jasmine Tookes

Gertrud Hegelund, Monika Sawicka & Magdalena Frackowiak

Predjudice 8: 'Models are mostly bra-less': TRUE. May it be streetsyle photos or runway, models are mostly seen without bra. Well, there are many reasons for that. Firstly, because they can :) They are young and skinny so everything is firm. Secondly because nothing is more beautiful than the natural breast. Bras (leave alone plastic surgery) are just a disturbance to nature`s perfect aesthetics.

Patricia van der Vliet, Melodie Monrose & Juju Ivanyuk

Monika Sawicka

Predjudice 9: 'Models have to adjust quickly': TRUE. I was amazed how cool and collected they posed for the photographers coming straight off the runway.

Arizona Muse

Supermodels Club: Anja Rubik, Daphne Groeneveld, Isabeli Fontana, Karmen Pedaru

Predjudice 10: 'Photographers are sensible artists': I have this 'romantic vision' that people who produce art have a special sensibility. Well, for the backstage- , show- and red carpet photographers it`s FALSE. There is lots of yelling, pushing and making inadequate comments to the models (like 'Let me know if I can help you with body make-up or something.' Picture a 45-year-old man saying that to an 17-year-old-girl! Gross!)

Lining up for the finale

Daria Strokus

My own pictures. Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Which picture, model or outfit is your favourite?

15 Kommentare:

Cláudia Tavares hat gesagt…

This is a great post. Usually we see backstage photos but with no commentaries on them. It was really nice to know your perspective of what you saw.
Clau | Style Blossom

jae hat gesagt…

Great post, thanks for commenting/welcoming me to heartIFB! please follow my blog if you can.

Ly hat gesagt…

I love this post! I'm so jealous you got to go backstage at a fashion show.


pntszdinFluence hat gesagt…

I love the last photo. Those 3 colors work very well together. Need to look in my closet when I get home and see if I can recreate.

Heather Fonseca hat gesagt…

I love this post!!!! It really gives you an idea of what back stage at a fashion show is really like. It's hectic! I love your stereotypes and your reaction to them. The girls are all so beautiful. The clothes, the purses! Fabulous.


Dress Code: High Fashion hat gesagt…

@Heather: I absolutly love the collection too! So glamorous! The metallics, the strong colours, the red-purple combination, the hair etc.

Being backstage was a crazy experience but I left envying nobody who has to be there regularly. I prefer the 'glamorous illusion' in front of the scenes.

Crónicas de mi armario hat gesagt…

Love your blog! nice dresses! : )

Anonym hat gesagt…

was Anja ignoring you? or just was in hurry?

Dress Code: High Fashion hat gesagt…

@Anonym: All models are always in a hurry during fashion week. Some still take the time to stop two seconds for a photo. Others don`t.

Unknown hat gesagt…

Great job Jenny!! ;)

thea acierno hat gesagt…

great post. congrats on being included on LALM!

theComplex hat gesagt…

Congrats on being selected for IFB's link roundup this week! These backstage shots are great -- I think I drooled a little.

Casee Marie hat gesagt…

Gorgeous photos! And I loved reading through your insights into models backstage. It's so interesting to know what the real backstage setting is like compared to what see in the movies, etc!

Emily Ulrich hat gesagt…

I find Daria's dress in the final image to be my favorite, personally! The colors were incorporated fantastically into the piece. A nice taste of colorblocking.

The commentary you provided was fun to read, as well, definitely interesting insight!

Gabby hat gesagt…

nice post! love how you list all prejudices and it does make me realize how demanding being a model is. great shot and would love to hear more about the "industry-truth!" Ciao, G.

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