I have exciting news to share… I recently had the opportunity to walk in my first fashion show! 😀 😀 😀
How did it come about? Local Tacoma designer Annie Moe, of MOE Gallery, invited me to be one of the models for her new line of Indonesian batik styles. Annie Moe is from Indonesia and is doing her bit to both preserve and spread the beauty of batik. (And batik has a fascinating history as a cultural art form. For example, Indonesian batik was designated in 2009 by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.) She recently held her spring fashion show at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma.
And how did Annie come to invite me? I have actually taught her in class a few times, and after the most recent time, she asked me to model in her spring fashion show. It was a very sweet moment, as she started with saying, “I have noticed you love fashion…” Of course, I took no convincing to say YES! 😀
(And by the way, Annie did NOT know about my style blog beforehand — I shared my style blog with her afterwards, before publishing this post, to make sure she was cool with it.)
Behind the scenes
This was a wonderful event with loads of inspiring designs and cultural displays. I was in the back area with the other models, so I didn’t get to enjoy the show itself. But my husband took pics of me during the show, and I took a few pics behind the scenes.
The best part for me about the whole experience was the feeling of positivity and camaraderie of the models. All of us were amateurs — many, like me, walking in a fashion show for the first time — and we cheered and clapped for each other in the hallway after each round. (I haven’t posted any close-up pics of the other models out of respect for their privacy.)
Annie had all the outfits lined up on rolling rods and tagged with each model’s name and outfit number.
I had a fitting session in the week before the show, where Annie talked through what she wanted for each round of outfits, including what kind of emotion or vibe she wanted for each walk. Annie also went through the music for each round to help illustrate the vibe she was going for. We were all expected to do our own hair and makeup, and provide our own shoes and accessories, by the way, so I took lots of notes during my fitting session. It was fun to flip roles, for me to become Annie’s student! 🙂
(By the way, a shout-out to my mom: I showed up for my fitting in my mom’s vintage sunglasses, which Annie loved! So I got to wear my sunglasses during the first two of the three outfit rounds. 😀 )
I was super impressed by how Annie had thought through everything, including the plan for the walk and where to hit our poses (where the stars are marked on the map below).
As you can see below, now you know why I needed a quick-dry manicure!
I was the 5th out of the 17-model line-up, which included women, men, and younger girls. The first round of outfits was a cheerful mix of casual prints and styles. My outfit was a beach-ready maxi dress with box pleats, and I carried a teal-and-yellow print tote bag.
Yep, Annie had me pattern-mixing! 😀 The vibe was fun and confident.
I was one of the taller models, so Annie wanted me in a shorter dress for the second round, to show off my legs. BAM! Mission accomplished. 😉 This dress fit LIKE A GLOVE. I loved the mix of the high neckline with the high-lo hem. All of the outfits in this round had this batik print of pinks and yellow-greens.
Annie wanted a more casual, sassy walking vibe for this round. And Sam managed to capture (and edit) a brief video clip of me walking in this outfit. Enjoy!
This final round of outfits all featured this beautiful batik print of blues and blacks with subtle bits of orange mixed in. Annie designed all the batik prints as well as the garments. The long jacket I wore is open with no closures, so that’s my own black knit dress underneath, most recently seen here.
Annie wanted a more formal, strong vibe for this walk and round of outfits. I did attempt “smizing” (“smiling with your eyes,” as defined by Tyra via America’s Next Top Model). 😉 I felt great in this look!
And here we are all lined up for the final encore, clapping for the designer Annie Moe! As you can see, it’s a wonderful mix of diversity, designs and models alike. I was very proud to walk in the show, and to do my bit to support a local designer!
After the fashion show, which garnered a lot of local attention, several people asked me if I was nervous to walk in the show. I actually didn’t feel very nervous, mainly because I kept reminding myself that it wasn’t about me. It was about Annie and her designs and her business. My job was to showcase her vision to the best of my ability.
Plus, she articulated her vision so clearly — and gave lots of personal tips! For example, Annie recommended while walking toward the audience, to look just slightly above their heads so as to avoid getting nervous or distracted. It totally worked! (Plus, it helped that I got to wear sunglasses the first two rounds, so in a way, no one could “see” me.) We also had time to rehearse walking before the show began, which I think was very smart in helping calm any nerves the models had).
Like I said, Annie had really thought through everything, and it was such an awesome experience!
Note: This post is NOT sponsored nor compensated by MOE Gallery. I actually debated about whether or not to publish such a personal post, but in the end, I thought my readers would find it interesting!
Did you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a local fashion show? Which of the outfits is your fave? Please leave a comment and share!
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