Sunday, 30 October 2016

Backstage at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Interning at Preen and helping out at the LFW show has been one of my highlights this year!

I spent most of my time working alongside the Collection Manager and was in charge of creating specs for each garment being made in production. I'm a very confident Adobe user, and my Illustrator skills were key here as I was on a Mac every day drawing up garments.

Despite all of the horror stories you hear about interning and working backstage at fashion shows, it was actually a lot of fun and very relaxed. Yes, there were late nights the days before the show, but pretty much all of the pieces were finished about a week before.

Castings took place a few days before the show, with a few dozen models popping in and out of the studio until the early hours. At times it felt like a waiting game, so you always had to be on your toes and prepared to step in and help.

In the week leading up to LFW I went around to various parks and markets near the Preen studio to pick flowers to be used for the show. Each flower was pressed using a flower presser and later added to models' faces during hair and make up. I'm in love with details like this and how ethereal and soft it looks. Also it's fab festival make up inspo!!

The gorgeous Alana, who I was tasked with dressing on the morning of the show. Some models can be super nervous - especially if it's one of their first. You have to make sure you're super friendly and helpful so they feel at ease and everything runs smoothly. A models life during Fashion Week is incredibly hectic, straight after this show Alana rushed off to be at Topshop Unique.

One of my SS17 favourite pieces, the 'Albana' shirt. I can't wait to see which retailers buy this piece.

These gorgeous blouses are a mix of both masculinity and femininity. The soft, extravagant ruffles, statement collars and wide leg pants are every girls dream work wardrobe - it's power dressing at its finest.

These sequin pieces were some of my favourites from the show.. I love how it's gothic but so sexy at the same time!

For any aspiring fashion students - or someone who is currently studying Fashion Design, the experiences you gain interning are invaluable. I've honestly had such an amazing time at Preen and working at the show was so rewarding!



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