3M Fashion Competition – Behind the Catwalk
The day of the 3M Fashion Competition, when I first saw one of my designs on stage, finally arrived last Thursday, on the 16th of September!
Ok, it wasn’t 100% mine as I teamed up with costume designer and stylist Isabelle Phipps and set up The Paparazzi Team but still….I co-designed an outfit for a competition and it was on the catwalk!!! Fantastic!
Seriously, it was one of the most exciting and stressful (in a good way) days of my life. Not only all the frustration and late nights that are part of designing finally made sense but I have also learnt a great deal from other designers sharing their stories back stage and from just looking at their pieces! The huge variety of ideas and interpretations as well as the different backgrounds of the designers made the competition a creative heaven!
Of course the best part of the evening was when I saw our model, Laura Whiston from Whisty Blogs Dublin Fashion, parading confidently in the Paparazzi costume! Even though the outfit didn’t get into the first three, it didn’t matter because I knew we made a good one
And now, my Dear Readers, a few words about the inspiration behind the Paparazzi design and my gallery with all the designs including the winners..
The Paparazzi Team got their inspiration from Lady Gaga’s outrageous and exuberant costumes to create a cutting edge outfit with a futuristic and supernatural vibe. 3M Pink ScotchCal was used to make a dramatic yet structured silhouette accentuated with grey tape and clashed with a wild fluffy bolero made from torn scouring pads. The outfit and accessories bear many features of a classic Lady Gaga look such as the overall structure vs. chaos feel of the design, the crystallized eyewear and underwear as outerwear trend. The look was finished with oversized legwarmers made from a safety suit, bold headwear, and the playful binoculars that go perfectly with the Paparazzi theme as in Lady Gaga’s famous song.