Yesterday I worked at Amsterdam Fashion Week as backstage runner for Michelangelo Winklaar.
I had to be in Amsterdam at 7 am, so I left my bed at 5 :(.
I helped with carrying boxes, motivating models and interns and sewing a lot of unfinished clothes.
It was very scary to see how many thing we had to do while the time passed.
The interns were very stressed and some of them slept for only one hour!
|(clockwise, starting left above): Sewing a jacket, L'oréal hair team, dressing up models, sewing a pair of pants.|
At the end we concluded that a whole unfinished dress couldn't be showed. Exept for the dress everyting was finished in time (perhaps it wasn't sewed that well, but everything better than an naked model on the runway!).
Michelangelo Winklaar was part of the Talent Lab from AFW. Young designers got the chance to show their outfits. It was his first runway show, but he looked very relaxed (his interns were stressed!).
He was inspired by Queen Victoria and Karin van de Walle (a Dutch artist who makes erotical art) for his runway show.
|I loved this model, she was so positive!|
|The happy designer with his models|
|Designer and interns|
At the end Michelangelo wrote a positive message for me and his sign. I can use that for other fashion jobs or internships. He told me that I can absolutely handle fashionshows, because I stay cool and can be strickt. Great to hear of course!
Since I worked backstage I am more and more feeling that that's the right place for me. I always saw myself sitting frontrow, watching the shows, but now I've been backstage I realised that my place is there.
I stay relaxed when everybody else is nervous, I have a lot of energy, I can manage, sew, make jokes and I am strong (mentally and phisically) All very important backstage. And I really like it, the fibrations of stress and hope (for a good show).
And of course the best of all: you can see the clothes so much better than when you're sitting and watching the show. I helped the models dessing themselves, so I felt all the fabrics and watched all the details. Not just for 5 seconds, but really good.
Backstage is absolutely my pl;ace 2 be!