Facebook has been reminding me lately about what happened ‘on this day’ years ago, and I realized that I only attended WCFW as an attendee four years ago. Seems a bit surreal that this year, I was ON the catwalk.
When I was packing up and making my plans to come back to Canada to get ready to apply for my visa to go work in Germany, I realized that I was going to be around Edmonton during September, and could possibly attend, or even display my work at WCFW.
I only created four outfits for my final collection at university, so it was hardly a catwalk. It’d be over in mere minutes. Regardless, I looked up the contact information for Sandra Sing Fernandes, the woman behind the event and sent her a message. Since I was in England at the time, and had sent the email early-ish in the morning, I wasn’t expecting a quick reply. Surprisingly, Sandra was in Portugal and replied immediately, and she was impressed with my designs. We emailed back and forth before deciding to set up a Skype call to talk more about the event, how it works, and if I could pull off a catwalk with only four outfits. She challenged me to create more, and we settled on six, and I delivered! With only DAYS before I was travelling from the UK to Germany (quick visit with the new bosses) and then to Canada, I had a lovely helper, Sian, come for a day to help me get everything cut out, so I could sew it all together like a mad-woman with the limited time I had.
It wasn't until I arrived in Canada that I was able to get the ball rolling. I knew my biggest challenge was going to be finding models. I went to the UK because bras are tough to buy/find in Canada in a variety of sizes, so I knew finding models could be challenging, as they would not have access to the same range of sizes as women in the UK.
I was super happy when a friend pointed out two groups on Facebook for me to try to find models. It took a while to get approved, but finally when I was able to post a request for fashion week models, I had an overwhelming amount of interest. It was then the challenge to figure out what measurements the girls could take at home for me to sort of pre-confirm that the items might fit. It was really hard to tell women who wanted to help and walk in the show wearing my garments that they were too small or too big, as I really would love my garments to accommodate anyone!
I spent a week in Edmonton first part of September, right after my sister’s wedding, to drive around the city to model’s houses to get them to try my outfits and take their measurements. I met the most amazing women, who are so kind, generous, funny, talented, beautiful and helpful to model for me. Out of the six women I met with, each had an outfit that fit well and could strut the runway in! They all wanted to help, and despite that ‘worst case scenario’ voice in the back of my head, they all showed up too! You hear stories that models drop out of events day of…and I was so nervous!!
Once I had my models it was time to source my shoes - which I initially found in the clearance section on the ALDO website, and then found a shoe sponsor in the end! Turns out a woman whom I used to work with at the bank now owned the most fabulous shoe store in St. Albert, Tokota Shoes, and she was incredibly generous to loan me the most gorgeous and vintage-inspired shoes for my catwalk. Thank you Edna!! I wish I had more photos of the beautiful shoes you provided me with.
The night of the show, things went off without a hitch. The Western Canada Davines Session Team, which, surprise, included my own personal ‘Canadian’ hairstylist I’ve known since 2004, did the hair, along with the help of my own talented models (two are trained hairstylists!) and Raminta the most patient and talented MUA did the make up for my girls (who also helped as another two of my models are professional make up artists as well!). I just had to hand over my music and catwalk images that night, get the girls dressed, and hope that it'd all go to plan!
Here's the song that I chose for the catwalk, Code Name Vivaldi by The Piano Guys (who I saw perform in Nottingham earlier this year). This lovely instrumental and moody piece that I felt went well with the darker and more serious side of my collection, where I told the ladies modelling that they were secret spies from WWII.
The schedule for the night changed considerably when one designer dropped out last minute, but we still had a full and fantastic evening which included a live TV appearance with about 30 minutes heads-up.
The girls were dressed and ready to go on time. We rocked the stage, made the audience smile and cheer with our personality and had the most amazing time together. I honestly don’t think the show could have been better. It’s been incredible - meeting new people, making new friends, my new nickname as the ‘boob wrangler’, sharing my love of bras and lingerie, and photos of it all as well!
For catwalk photos, be sure to visit my Facebook Page.
It’s also been asked by a few people what it cost me to participate in WCFW - so here’s a breakdown for you based on everything leading up to my one night which involved six models and two helpers.
WCFW Registration Fee: $315
Shoes: $78 (minor damage)
Model Gifts: $150
Helper Gifts: $50
Black Shirt: $18
USB Sticks: $21
Beige Thongs & Nipple Covers: $66
Participating in the show came to a grand total of $913.
And so, the question is this: "Would you participate in Western Canada Fashion Week again?"
The answer would be YES, so stay tuned! ;)
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