Envision gliding barefoot down a glittering pathway; elegant, dimly lit chandeliers silently guiding you through the darkness. Your silhouette reflected all around you, echoing throughout the room. Class 139 invites you to come walk with us in Reverie.
As stage manager for class 139’s fashion show, it was my job to communicate with our venue’s Production Manager. This seems simple enough, but when you are the sole person responsible for conveying an entire group of people’s ideas, there is a lot of pressure. I learned very quickly to write everything down and to not be afraid to ask a lot of questions. I was lucky that the Production Manager was respectful, encouraging and timely. I realize that we aren’t always lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with that kind of person, so I was very appreciative since this was my first event.
When our class was first planning our show, there was a huge mix and mash of ideas and opinions. At the time, I think everyone was secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) wondering how we would ever pull this off. Ideas like glitter runways, chandeliers and massive collages of mirrors seemed ridiculous and out of reach; but here we are, two weeks away from show time and somehow, everything has managed to take form. Whether the ideas were 100% followed through on or adapted for easier execution, our initial image has only gotten better.
One example of us tweaking ideas is that originally our runway was to be blanketed in glitter, with the models walking barefoot down the runway. Now, the glitter would have been beautiful, but when we actually started to think logistically, it just wasn’t going to fly. Besides the fact that we would need a lot of glitter, glitter is also expensive, it would have ended up clumping after about 2 models walked over it. It would have been all over our clothes and would have taken forever to clean up. The flaws of the glitter
lead us through a variety of ideas from glittered fabric to plexiglass to confetti, eventually guiding us to something even better that you’ll have to see when you come watch Reverie.
Reverie the fashion show happens on March 19th at Performance Works (Granville Island), doors open at 6pm with space for socializing and drinks, then the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets for JCI’s Reverie Fashion Show in support of Looking Glass Foundation are $20 in advance, $25 at the door or $15 for current JCI students. Tickets are available at JCI (220 Cambie).
Kirsten Olson, JCI Fashion Student