Working at Los Angeles Fashion Week 2016.
What working/ volunteering at LAFW was all about:
Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring/ Summer season took place on the 28th of September to the 2nd of October 2016. Volunteers/ workers are to apply a couple of weeks before the show in order to have time to get ready, go through various instructions, dress codes and all of that. This season, we were about 400 volunteers/ workers and we were all under the manager, Marissa Motley. When applying to work, we got to pick out our schedules which was to either work for the whole day from 11am-10pm, to work for themorning shift (11am- 4pm) or to work for the night shift (4pm- 10pm). I picked to work for three days but i was only able to work for two which were the last two days of fashion week.
The first day for me was quite confusing because I had missed orientation plus, most people there had been working from the first day so, they already got the hang of everything. On arrival for the morning shift, we were to clean and organize all rooms, also to help run errands backstage for the models, hairstylists and make up artists. All shows started at 5:30 so, if you are scheduled to work for the whole day or for the night shift, at about 4:30 you would be going down to your assigned positions. The great thing about these positions was that you get to pick which area you would like to work at, which was either, backstage, front of house, centre of house, lounge areas etc. For my first day, I picked backstage so that I could be a part of the whole “behind the scenes production” and the second day, I chose front of house which is where the show was taking place so I got to watch the show. At front of house, I worked as an usher. We were in charge of welcoming guests, showing them their seats and we also got to work at the lounge area. It was so hectic and rowdy but it was also really fun. Oh, I forgot to mention, there are usually drinks and snacks backstage for the workers, models, stylists etc in case anyone needed refreshments.
The day I worked at the front of house, there were three shows featuring three designers: Daniella Bozza, Oscar Lawatata and Bezgraniz Couture. I was so glad that I got to witness the last show in particular because it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. The last show, Bezgraniz Couture featured disabled models because that is actually the designers target customer. They design clothes for the disabled, so their models featured those on wheelchairs, those with down syndrome and so on. Seeing those models on the runway was so beautiful, I can’t even explain it! They were so happy and full of positive energy. it was heart-warming.
After the shows, we did “tear down”, putting everything back in place and then we got gift bags and went home. It was a great experience. Although it is unpaid, It’s great to be part of such a huge and successful production especially for those who are looking to go into the fashion industry. It’s great to be able to see everything that goes into fashion shows and also being able to network with the people around you.