My day behind the scenes at the races
I have enjoyed the challenge of finding my feet in the world of styling, and as Westfield’s Young Stylist have learnt so much about the industry. One of my first major events with the Westfield team was the annual fashion show at Cup Day.
Cup Day is a big day for fashion and style, however I did not spend weeks finding the perfect outfit. Instead, I was in casual wear working behind the scenes.
It was an early start for the models on Cup Day, as they needed to be at Rodney Wayne at 7am to start prepping and getting ready. We arrived at 9:30am to set up the outfits in sequence for the show in our tent side of stage.
As I’ve learnt, a lot more goes into fashion shows than meets the eye. Hours of planning, sourcing garments from the centre’s retailers, model fittings, shoe taping (in order to keep the shoes in new condition, you have to tape the bottoms of shoes so they stay in saleable condition) and plenty more, all before even getting to Cup Day. Then once Cup Day arrives you have to put all the outfits in sequence of the run order and lay everything out (including shoes out of boxes) to make the models and our lives easier.
I can’t stress enough how being really organised behind the scenes is important. If everything isn't organised and in order it makes it so much harder on the day and can mean all the hard work and preparation can go to waste ie if something goes missing that completes an outfit.
Even though a lot of work goes into prepping and running the show, the experience that you gain from it is amazing. After the competition and Cup Day, I now know the action from behind the scenes at a show is not just pretty lights and catwalks, but I couldn’t enjoy it more.