Assisting behind the scenes at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012 for the first time was a really interesting experience for me. I mostly was a dresser, and was lucky enough to be helping out at Aurelio Costarella, Bowie and Kooey shows. I managed to take a few photos on my phone camera, so please excuse the poor quality shots but here are a few.
Aurelio Costarella had an exquisite collection of great design, texture and tailoring, powerful however with a soft femininity to it. I went absolutely nuts over the feathered shoes. So soft and elegant! There was something fairytale-like about the girls when they put on the dresses. As you can see, some were bodices attached to skirts adorned with straw and feathers. I witnessed elegant gowns with intricate detail, and short fitted cocktail dresses and skirts embellished with beads or all-over texture. There was seemingly endless flower detailing, extravagant headwear, and bold, smoky eye makeup. Needless to say, there was a big variety of fabrics used. This was my favourite look.
Bowie was beyond beautiful. The gowns were an exercise in embellishment and delicate fabrics, with a subtle sexiness and strong structure. There were feathers, sequins, bells, beads, on lace, chiffon, satin, you name it. I am generally a sucker for anything metallic, so I was very excited to find out the model I was dressing wore what I thought was the most stunning dress there. Covered in gold sequins, the strapless dress was so carefully designed and well-fitted Shannon could have easily been mistaken for a beautiful mermaid from Sydney Harbour who’d gotten lost and ended up on the runway at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. The attention to detail in each gown was incredible, with each dress seeming to tell a different story and being individual from the gown before.
I was lucky enough to get to help with the steaming and pressing of the dresses before the show for a while with two other girls and some of the Bowie design team. I found this to be very informative: although I study fashion business not design, being able to hear exactly what the dresses are made from, details of how they are cut, how they fit and how to treat them was very interesting. Being backstage for longer than other nights, I also was able to take a few photos of my favourite dresses. If I had the opportunity and ever a person interested in marrying me, I would definitely be keen on wearing a Bowie gown. They are the height of luxury!
Felt so lucky to get to dress Shannon in this amazing gold creation!
Shannon closed the show in this stunner. Here she is with one of her many fans!
The Kooey collection was Australian swimwear at it’s best. Bold, deep colours mixed with brights in both solid colours and prints, and more neutral luxurious colours. Styles in women’s swimwear ranged from strappy triangle bikini’s, fifties style high-waisted bikini bottoms, one-piece swimsuits (I recently invested in one by Seafolly), and a tankini style two-piece where the top can be stretched down to appear as a mini-dress. Straps also were in a big variety of styles. Basically, something for every girl, in really well-made designs and quality fabrics. I was at the other end of the busy room to the few men’s items, but from what I gathered there were bright coloured board shorts. Something I loved about the show was the choice of hair and makeup. The Redken team worked their magic and the hair was slicked back into a ponytail knot, and sprayed with a ton of hairspray to create a look that to said they’d just been swimming. MAC ensured the effortless beach babe look was continued and faces were beautifully bronzed on the cheekbones and in all the right places. Perfection!
As much as I enjoyed the experience of being a dresser, next year I’m considering being an usher instead and being able to help with more front of house things. It was great being amongst all the professionals and experiencing all the work for a show coming together. Over and out!