As the rain poured and rush hour traffic in downtown Washington, DC became more congested, my friend and I braced the elements in cocktail dresses and platform pumps to catch a cab and make our way to our first professional fashion event – DC Fashion Week’s Corjor International Showcase.
In September of 2011, I attended a free event for DC Fashion Week in the Dupont Circle area. Among the glamorous and fashionably inclined, I met the designer and the photographer for Elizabeth St John (whom I later interviewed here). After the introductions and chatting, they invited me to model in their showcase that weekend. I thought it sounded like a fun opportunity…so I agreed. That Saturday, from 2pm until around 9pm, I witnessed the exciting behind-the-scenes experience of being a part of a real fashion show. From hair and make-up, to dress fittings, to runway practicing, to mini dramas among the organizers, it was a fun-filled afternoon. The event took place at the Hillwood Estates, which includes a museum and lovely gardens. I must admit, once I entered the gates to the estate, I felt as if I was transported to southern France. It really was beautiful. The models I met at the show were also welcoming. Once they found out that this event was my first modeling experience, they immediately extended a fashionable-helping-hand and gave me advice on how to get ready and which business cards I should pick up. We also had fun practicing power-walking on the cobble-stone runway. I ended up modeling for all three designers at this event and met some wonderful people.
I realized that I never got a chance to share this experience or these photographs. Since there was no official photo shoot, it was hit-or-miss until some pictures were posted on websites or social media. I figured now is a better time than any to share this.
I love learning new things and I think modeling can truly be an art form, depending on how you look at. It reminded a lot of performing in theatre. I don’t necessarily list “model” under my tag line, but I do enjoy acting for the camera. Below are a few photos from me and the photographers that were at the event. “Enjoy darling!”