16 August 2015

African Fashion Week London 2015 | Behind The Scenes

Hey Dolls,

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer backstage at African Fashion Week London (AFWL) 2015. It was on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th of August, held at the Olympia.

As part of the styling team I assisted in all the designer model fittings, each designer having 10-12 pieces that was showcased on the catwalk. This was a few days before the live shows so you can imagine how stressful it was! There were over 70 African designers showcasing over the two live days with national press exposure including the BBC attending the Friday to feature AFWL. I helped ensure the smooth running of the live catwalk show days, and as a team ran the entire backstage area of the show; liaising with the hair and makeup teams as well as the designers. The hair and makeup team were amazing, the models were gorgeous and so down to earth, and the designer’s collections were beautiful! Down below are some images of the models in some of the designers collections, getting ready to feature for the BBC. I couldn't take that many pictures as I was busy working and there was literally so much going on. Unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures of the fashion show either, as again I was backstage doing the quick changes and dressing models as the show was going on. But I can honestly say I had the best time, it was a new experience for me and I absolutely loved it! Working back stage at a fashion show is just amazing and you meet so many new people. I would definitely do it again.

As I am a fashion student I need to get as much practical experience as possible, so working at fashion shows, photo shoots; video shoots, anything designer and fashion related is what I am aiming to experience. This leads me onto my thing I wanted to mention. For the past 2/3 months I have been doing an internship with fashion designers! I have learnt so much and I will definitely be doing a blog post on it soon. Things are getting more hectic as we are working up to London Fashion Week 2015.

Fashion Design Internship Post Coming Soon!

Genie xo

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