Organizing your first show is exciting. Now that you have finally come to the end of your gruelling work load, it’s time to put the research, mind mapping, design approval, fabric hunting and production into actual display. To be gazed upon, judged, criticised and celebrated. But as you might have guessed it’s no easy feat. So let us give you a few tips, to help propel the parade smoothly along.

Design and perfect

This is your first foot in the lime light. The media, the real critiques and future clients will be present. So putting together a grand collection that will represent your style well is key. By now you would have the designs and fabrications all ready. Now, the workmanship is going to count. A well-made garment will speak for itself. If construction is poor it won’t matter how fabulous your designs can be. Originality matters, imitations will be quickly identified and brushed off with disapproving sweeps. Make sure it all comes together in breath-taking splendour.

Fitting the form

Finding the right individual to fit your garments is important. Find someone who will be comfortable to wear your design. Someone who understands and can bring the right attitude to the show. Wrong person is as good as parading your garment on a hanger. Look for committed models. Reaching out to an agent is one option, but if you do not have the budget for it steer clear. Student models will do. You may approach them with a mutual benefit scheme. They get the exposure, while you get your show. Fit the selected model and make necessary adjustments to the outfits. Well fit garments sit well on the individual, looks smart and feels good for the wearer.

 Music and the runway

Choose music to suit your collection and theme. Rehearsals is important. It will give you, the models and the sound engineer the right sense of time. Each ramp is different to the other. Make sure you have timed the music and cued correctly for a perfect show. Lighting and the flooring should be checked. Select wisely the kind of lighting to make the best of your event.

The oops moments

Prepare for slippery ramps well ahead to avoid accidents. Make sure the shoes to be worn are well broken into. Do not wear brand new shoes on the day of the show. Let the ladies take some time practicing in them and adding gel cushions if need be to make them more comfortable. Adhere traction tape to the soles of the shoes, this will help prevent unwanted slips and injuries. Have some emergency double tape, needle and thread for any unexpected rips and tears.

The grand entrance

Finally it’s your turn to take a bow. Walk in with your Avant-garde piece and make a statement. As the height of your creativity for the night walks in with you, enjoy the applause, breath slowly and smile.