This past week I was lucky enough to get to go to Atlanta, Georgia to volunteer at AmericasMart. Three of my peers and I got to be a part of all the chaos, excitement and preparation that goes into a 30 minute Fashion show.
We began our first day following two fashion stylists, Tim and David. Tim and David are responsible for putting on the big fashion show. They went around to the different vendors and pick out garments that fit the theme they were going for. They began pulling all kinds of things like plaids, furs, nudes, and oversize coats. The assortment was odd but I had been assured that the final product was going to be magnificent.
As they pulled, our duty was to tag the garments one by one, as well as describe it just in case vendors took off the tags. It was hard to keep up with their blinding speed so we had to learn quickly. We each took a task; two of us writing, one pinning a tag inside the garment, and wrapping a label around the hanger. By the end of the day we had it figured out.
The following day we continued pulling items with Tim and David. We then organized our papers into the vendors in which we pulled items from so that later that afternoon we could go pick up all of the items. Tim and David then narrowed down the 400 garments chosen to the 100 that they planned on using in the show.
The next morning was show time! Our job was to return all 400 garments to the showrooms. Then, later that day we had to go pick up the 100 that would be used for the fashion show to be organized into which model would be wearing what and in the order they would be worn. Then it was show time! Our next job was to help the models make their quick changes backstage. The show seemed so quick! The next thing I knew the show was over and it was time yet again to organize the clothes into the vendors.
The final morning we woke up, slipped on our shoes and all yelled “oooooouuuuccchhhh!” Although our feet hurt and our bodies ached from the day before it was time yet again to return the items to the vendors. Just one last time. The day was short so we got to leave for Tech after we did a little wholesale price shopping!
The four of us had an amazing time and are so thankful for the experience! And even though my feet hurt and am extremely exhausted I learned a lot about how much work truly goes into a fashion show. Below are a few pictures!
If you are interested in how the garments looked once put together and how all our hard work seemed to pay off go to the following link! Enjoy!