Monday, October 19, 2015

AIA Fashion Show Part 1 of 3: Backstage

models Madison Ortiz, Marie Muhammed, and Sophia Fenby
all photography by Anastasia Cheatham
I wanted to document my latest fashion show in a really special way.  It's always a whirlwind of activity backstage that it's impossible to notice all of the beautiful little moments that take place.

My latest collection is inspired by impressionist painting and ballerina movement.  I created this garments from vintage materials that I dyed, painted, and shaped in to new silhouettes.  The jewelry is made from vintage material as well.

My models included a three ballerinas, one figure skater, one drummer in a rock band, one Instagram sensation, and students studying a variety of subjects from psychology, to environmental science.  My hairstylist Stein van Bael had just returned from showing her own collection at New York Fashion Week, and was a pro at creating ballerina buns with a twist.  It was my first time working with makeup artists Taryn Scalise and Alexis Billel and I was so impressed with their precision, professionalism and speed as they created glowy looks that made the models light up on the runway.  For the finale piece, Chroma, I collaborated with Romica Singh and Courtney Chin, architects from rogueHAA who in long hours after work to create a custom 3D printed neckpiece.  Photographer Anastasia Cheatham is a former dancer herself, and was comfortable in the hectic backstage environment.  I was so lucky to have my mom as my assistant too!

This first set of photos shows all the work and preparation required for the brief runway appearance.  This talented, enthusiastic (and not to mention totally gorgeous) group of women worked for hours to make the moments on the catwalk extra special and beautiful.  Enjoy!

former figure skater Ashley Helen

Emilia Schmier, drummer of Stereo Jane
model Alexia Susalla and I
Stein van Bael working her hair magic

model Karen Polzin
ballerina/model Chelsea Korte
ballerina/model Alaina Agnello
sewing ballerina/model Madalyn Knebel into her dress

MUA Alyse Billel

MUA Taryn Scalise making sure Chelsea glows from all angles

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