Despite my staunch background in business, my closest friends (and blog followers, natch) know that I'm an art girl at heart. And going where I go for school, I am blessed with having a dramatic and glitter-incrusted fashion department filled with designers, merchandisers, and fashionistas galore at my fingertips when I need my fashion fix. While my friends at other colleges relish in going to class in sweatpants, every day is an excuse to get dressed up and try something a little wild here. Zebra print heels to the library on a Tuesday afternoon? Yes please! And you know those fashion divas get cranky if you don't show up just so. Pressure's on, biddies!
Clearly that scene isn't for everyone, but as a girl who grew up loving her special occasion dresses and lamenting that she couldn't wear them every day, this set-up is pretty sweet. And with loads of my fabulous friends working in fashion, I couldn't help but get involved myself (darn!). Over the years I've done a lot of different things, but have modeled for the department's prestigious Silver Needle Fashion Show for several years. The competition to get garments into the show is stiff, with the presentations to the department staff for a panel judging during the harrowing and hellish Runway Ready Weekend. There are photo shoots, professional hair and make-up people, a dress rehearsal, and of course, the Look Book. The Look Book features the top designers and is presented to the front-row ticket holders in their goodie bags. The pair of show always sell out the biggest venue in the region, so those front row seats can go for big bucks. The show is this Thursday, May 5 at 2pm and 8pm and tickets can be bought at ticketmaster.com. You know I'm totally hyper to walk in the show! Plus it's nice to hang out with other tall ladies all day...for once I'm not the tallest in the room.
Here's a proof of me from the Look Book photo shoot with Michael Polito. I'm wearing Elizabeth Ward, whose collection was inspired by the space race of the 1960's and David Bowie. Fabulous, yes? She made all of the fabrics I'm wearing with surface manipulations. Loves it!