Unveiling the Future: NSW’s Emerging Designers Take the Stage

Designer: Arman Martirosian (NEBULAS) / Photo Credit: Julia Liang

Outstanding fashion and textile design students from Sydney’s leading tertiary institutions are set to unveil their innovative creations on Saturday, 1 June, at the highly anticipated annual Future Fashion exhibition at Powerhouse Castle Hill. This event will showcase the cutting-edge designs and visionary concepts developed by these talented students, reflecting the latest trends and forward-thinking approaches in the fashion industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the creativity and craftsmanship these emerging designers bring to the table and celebrate the new wave of talent poised to shape the future of fashion. The Future Fashion exhibition promises to be an inspiring and enlightening experience for all who attend.

Future Fashion provides a glimpse into the concepts, processes, and sustainable techniques developed by the next generation of designers emerging from four Sydney-based fashion design schools–Whitehouse Institute of Design; University of Technology Sydney; Fashion Design Studio: TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus; and Torrens University Australia: Billy Blue College of Design.

The exhibition spotlights high-level technical skills and concepts inspired by form, sound, history, haptics, and experiences. It includes selected works from collections developed by recent graduates Arman Martirosian (Whitehouse Institute of Design), Lina Yu (University of Technology Sydney), Samara Darling (Fashion Design Studio: TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus), and Will Maddock (Torrens University Australia: Billy Blue College of Design).

Designer: Samara Darling / Photo Credit: Timilehin Akindoyeni

As part of the launch, Powerhouse will present a curated talks program inspired by the Future Fashion exhibition. Four featured designers will share stories behind their innovative designs through artist talks with Powerhouse fashion curator Glynis Jones. Issues surrounding sustainability in fashion will be explored in a design-focused presentation led by TAFE NSW Head of Fashion Design Studio Laura Washington. Through curator-led tours, audiences will also see rare glimpses of unique fashion pieces on display at Powerhouse Castle Hill.

Held at Powerhouse Ultimo annually since 1993, the Future Fashion exhibition reflects the Australian fashion industry’s adaptability and responsiveness to key global trends and the tertiary education sector’s role in cultivating designers’ creativity, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking skills. This exhibition demonstrates Powerhouse’s commitment to supporting designers at pivotal moments in their careers. Notable alumni previously exhibited in Future Fashion include Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski, Anna Plunkett, and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born, Claire Tregoning from P.E Nation, and Lyna Ty from Song for the Mute.

‘For more than thirty years, Future Fashion has connected audiences with the concepts and techniques of emerging designers who have continued to establish significant careers in fashion. Powerhouse is proud of its commitment to support the next generation of designers by providing platforms that spotlight the high calibre of design talent fostered by Australian tertiary institutions,’ said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

Designer: Will Maddock / Photo Credit: Keoni Davis

‘Research and concept development are key parts of these designers’ creative practices. From work inspired by marine architecture to pieces that include wearable water, beanbags, and music to engage with the exciting field of sensory design, Future Fashion presents the depth of talent nurtured in Sydney’s tertiary fashion schools,’ said Future Fashion curator Glynis Jones.

Future Fashion will be presented at Powerhouse Castle Hill from 1 June 2024. The Exhibition Is open every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information about the exhibition, visit their website.

This article was sourced from a press release sent by Powerhouse Media.

Vivid Sydney Reveals Groundbreaking Tekno Train Experience by Paul Mac

Train travel will never be the same again: in an Australian first, Vivid Sydney just announced Tekno Train by Paul Mac, a one-of-a-kind event that will transform a Sydney Trains service into a moving, sensory sound and light experience for 23 nights only.

Exclusive to Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s leading multi-artform festival, and in collaboration with Sydney Trains, Tekno Train by Paul Mac is set to radically reinvent the experience of train travel as a thrilling musical adventure for a limited time only.

Passengers will be treated to an original techno soundtrack composed by Paul Mac, especially for Tekno Train, accompanied by immersive custom lighting that illuminates inside all carriages. As the train moves, the lights and music will rhythmically adjust to match the train’s speed and changing landscape outside, crafting a melodic and unforgettable ride through both Sydney’s city circle and disused train lines.

Ticketholders will take their seats on what appears to be a standard K set train. However, as the train leaves Central Station, the adventure begins. Hidden lights and speakers will create a communal experience with synchronised lights driven by techno music. The project sees Paul Mac continue a musical journey that shares his unique and emotional electronic dance music language in an unexpected setting.

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said: “Multi-ARIA Award winner Paul Mac composing the tracks on the tracks will lift a routine experience like jumping on a train in the city into a joyous moment and a unique, shared experience.

“Vivid Sydney keeps finding new and unique locations, and programming memorable one-off experiences, Tekno Train raises the bar yet again in 2024.”

Creator and composer Paul Mac, said: “Trains have always fascinated me. Their mix of rhythmic clicks and clacks, the screech of metal on metal, and the sound and smell of brakes are all interesting sensory experiences that everyone can relate to. Tekno Train will take things one step further. It will drive the music and lights, turning a commuter journey into a sensory rollercoaster.”

Embodying Vivid Sydney’s 2024 theme of ‘Humanity’, Tekno Train by Paul Mac celebrates the uniting power of music and community. It leans on a routine experience to create a joyous moment that brings people together. As public transport and mass transit become more vital in a sustainable future, the project will encourage audiences to find moments of joy, togetherness, and wonder in the everyday.

Vivid Sydney Festival Director Gill Minervini said: “This year’s Vivid Sydney is focused on broadening perspectives, challenging preconceptions and celebrating humanity. Tekno Train by Paul Mac is a perfect example of how multiple artforms from the world’s brightest artists can transform everyday activities into something truly memorable. We’re thrilled to be able to work with Transport for NSW and Paul to bring this magical experience to our wonderful city and create unforgettable experiences that will captivate audiences from around the world.”

Tekno Train will offer two different 60-minute routes for festivalgoers to choose from, both departing from Central Station:

  • The Scenic Route: Sit back and take in the sights and sounds of North Sydney as your journey is lit up over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and down a secret spur line to Lavender Bay. This is the slower of the two journeys and better suited to families with children ages five and up.
  • Tech Express: Take it up a notch and go deep beneath the city with a pulsing techno thrill ride through City Circle and South Sydney. This is the more lively, full-bodied journey for those seeking a more fast-paced immersive experience.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac promises to be a highlight of Vivid Sydney. It will run every night of the festival from Friday, 24 May, to Saturday, 15 June. Tickets for the experience start at $13.90 for children (5-12 years) and $19.90 for adults. Family pricing is also available at $59.90.

Tekno Train won’t be the only train on the network making extra trips for Vivid Sydney. Throughout the season, 400 additional rail services, as well as additional bus and light rail options, will run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac was created and composed by Paul Mac in collaboration with Vivid Sydney and produced by Performing Lines. SimpleMotion designed the Lighting, Jands Pty Ltd designed the audio, and Garry Wotherspoon provided creative consultation, with additional music production and technical assistance by Luke Warren.

The NSW Government supports the project through Destination NSW and Create NSW, the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its primary arts investment and advisory body, and the Wales Family Foundation.

Tickets for Tekno Train by Paul Mac are now on sale here.

For more information and to keep updated about the Vivid Sydney program, go to vividsydney.com

This release is distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of Destination NSW

Tran Phuong Hoa Unveils ‘PROSPERITY’ Collection At Parramatta Town Hall: A Fusion of Vietnamese and Australian Flora

Photo Credit: Dave Choo

Model & Mode Magazine had the distinct honor of being invited by George Bastolli, the esteemed CEO of Royalle Modelling Agency, to a remarkable fashion spectacle. This extravaganza, held as part of the Cultural Exchange Program introducing Vietnam tourism – Ho Chi Minh City, took place at the iconic Parramatta Town Hall in New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City, the event showcased the rich cultural heritage and timeless elegance of Vietnam.

At the heart of the evening was the unveiling of the “PROSPERITY” collection by the visionary designer Tran Phuong Hoa, the founder and creative force behind Eleven S Couture. Tran Phuong Hoa mesmerized attendees with 15 exquisite traditional Áo dài designs, meticulously crafted using authentic Vietnamese materials. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant flora of Vietnam and Australia, Hoa’s collection was a celebration of natural beauty and cultural harmony.

The runway came alive as Miss World Australia – Sarah Marschke, Miss Universe Vietnam 2022 Ngoc Chau, Miss COSMO Vietnam 2023 Xuan Hanh, and a select group of professional models from Royalle Modelling Agency graced the stage in Tran Phuong Hoa’s stunning creations. Each Áo dài design was a testament to Hoa’s unwavering commitment to preserving and celebrating Vietnamese heritage, a theme that has resonated throughout her illustrious career.

Beyond the captivating fashion showcase, guests were treated to an immersive culinary experience featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The evening was a true celebration of fashion, culture, and gastronomy, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.

For an exclusive look at the enchanting moments from this unforgettable event, be sure to explore the stunning photos captured by Dave Choo.

Introducing The Brand Behind The Cover Of The Latest Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: AGSA 2024

The Australian Golden Sash Awards, initially catered to just the pageant industry, now stands as a beacon of acknowledgment across various industries including fashion, media, entrepreneurship, and modelling. This esteemed ceremony unites beauty queens, influencers, entrepreneurs, and innovators nationwide to honour remarkable individuals for their impactful contributions within their respective industries.

At the heart of the Australian Golden Sash Awards is a commitment to excellence and innovation. Pageant directors, media professionals, and modeling agencies join forces to identify and applaud those who have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and creativity in their endeavors. From aspiring models to seasoned pageant contestants, from media personalities to behind-the-scenes visionaries, the awards showcase the diverse array of talent and expertise present within these industries.

Each year, recipients of the Golden Sash Awards are recognized across a variety of categories, spanning from Best Newcomer and Model of the Year to Media Personality of the Year and Pageant Director of the Year. These awards not only acknowledge individual achievements but also serve as a testament to the collective efforts of those who work tirelessly to elevate and enrich their respective fields.

The Australian Golden Sash Awards is more than just a glamorous event—it is a testament to the passion, dedication, and innovation that define Australia’s pageantry, media, and modeling industries. Through its recognition of outstanding individuals and contributions, the awards ceremony continues to inspire and motivate future generations to strive for excellence and make their mark in these dynamic and ever-evolving fields.

Countdown to Glamour: Australian Golden Sash Awards 2024 Descend Upon Sydney in Just 2 Days

The Australian Golden Sash Awards, initially catered to just the pageant industry, now stand as a beacon of acknowledgment across various industries, including fashion, media, entrepreneurship, and modeling. This esteemed ceremony unites beauty queens, influencers, entrepreneurs, and innovators nationwide to honour remarkable individuals for their impactful contributions within their respective industries.

A commitment to excellence and innovation is at the heart of the Australian Golden Sash Awards. Pageant directors, media professionals, and modeling agencies join forces to identify and applaud those who have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and creativity in their endeavors. From aspiring models to seasoned pageant contestants, from media personalities to behind-the-scenes visionaries, the awards showcase the diverse array of talent and expertise present within these industries.

Each year, recipients of the Golden Sash Awards are recognized across a variety of categories, spanning from Best Newcomer and Model of the Year to Media Personality of the Year and Pageant Director of the Year. These awards acknowledge individual achievements and serve as a testament to the collective efforts of those who work tirelessly to elevate and enrich their respective fields.

The Australian Golden Sash Awards is more than just a glamorous event—it is a testament to the passion, dedication, and innovation that define Australia’s pageantry, media, and modeling industries. Through its recognition of outstanding individuals and contributions, the awards ceremony continues to inspire and motivate future generations to strive for excellence and make their mark on these dynamic and ever-evolving fields.

Discovering Your Unique Style: A Guide to Finding Your Fashion Identity

Finding your style can be a liberating and empowering journey in a world filled with trends and fashion dictates. Your style is a reflection of your personality, preferences, and individuality, and discovering it allows you to express yourself authentically. If you’re ready to embark on the quest to find your signature style, here are some tips to guide you along the way:

1. Explore Your Inspirations

Begin by gathering inspiration from various sources. Browse fashion magazines, scroll through social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, and observe the styles of people you admire. Make a mental note of the hues, designs, textures, and silhouettes that appeal to you.

2. Identify Your Preferences

To identify your fashion preferences, reflect on your lifestyle, interests, and comfort level. Are you more drawn to flamboyant, avant-garde designs or to timeless, traditional pieces? Think about the regular activities you participate in. that suit your needs and complement your lifestyle.

3. Experiment with Different Looks

Never be scared to try new things and venture outside of your comfort zone. Mix and match various pieces, try out new trends, and play with different combinations until you find what feels right for you. Use dressing rooms as your playground, and have fun discovering what works and what doesn’t.

4. Take Note of What Makes You Feel Confident

Pay attention to the outfits that make you feel confident, comfortable, and empowered. Your style should reflect your inner self and make you feel your best. Whether it’s a power suit, a flowy dress, or a pair of distressed jeans, embrace the pieces that make you feel like the best version of yourself.

5. Consider Your Body Shape

Understanding your body shape is essential in finding clothes that actually flatter your figure as well as enhance your natural features. Experiment with different cuts, lengths, and styles to determine what works best for your body type. Embrace your unique proportions and celebrate your curves, whatever they may be.

6. Invest in Key Wardrobe Staples

Build a foundation for your wardrobe by investing in timeless pieces that form the backbone of your style. Staples like a little black dress, a timeless white shirt, a well-fitting blazer, and adaptable jeans serve as the building blocks for creating countless stylish looks.

7. Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, finding your style is a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. When choosing clothing that speaks to you, follow your gut and intuition. Your style is an extension of your personality, so embrace what feels authentic and true to who you are.

8. Embrace Evolution

Keep in mind that personal style is not static but rather a fluid and evolving concept. Give yourself permission to try new things, change, and hone your style over time. As you grow and change, so too will your fashion preferences, and that’s perfectly okay.

Finding your unique style is a deeply personal and rewarding process that allows you to celebrate your individuality and express yourself creatively. Embrace the journey, stay true to yourself, and let your style be a reflection of the beautiful person you are inside and out.

From Tradition to Trend: Mr. Gino-o’s Contemporary Take on Filipino Fashion

In the world of fashion, the Barong Tagalog stands as an iconic symbol of Filipino heritage and tradition. However, with the changing times and evolving tastes, there arises a need to reinvent and adapt this classic garment to suit contemporary sensibilities while preserving its cultural essence. Enter Mr. Gino-o and the House of Filipino Designers, a dynamic force dedicated to revitalizing the Barong Tagalog for the international market.

Founded with a vision to promote Philippine products and materials, Mr. Gino-o House of Filipino Designers is at the forefront of showcasing the rich diversity of Filipino craftsmanship. From abaca and jusi to pinya and banana fiber, their collections spotlight a wide array of locally-sourced materials, each meticulously crafted by Filipino designers and tailors.

Central to their creative endeavours is Albie Prias, whose innovative concepts serve as the driving force behind each collection. With a keen eye for design and a passion for showcasing Filipino talent, Prias spearheads the efforts to blend traditional elements with modern aesthetics, ensuring that each piece retains its cultural significance while appealing to a global audience.

At the heart of Mr. Gino-o’s mission lies a commitment to not only promote Filipino-designed men’s garments but also to uplift local communities. By harnessing the artistic abilities of Filipino designers and craftsmen, the brand aims to provide opportunities for employment and income generation, particularly for underprivileged families.

Through Mr. Gino-o House of Filipino Designers, the Barong Tagalog undergoes a transformation, emerging as a symbol of cultural pride and contemporary elegance. With each stitch and weave, the brand celebrates the rich heritage of the Philippines while paving the way for its timeless elegance to shine on the global stage.

In an ever-changing world, Mr. Gino-o stands as a beacon of tradition, innovation, and inclusivity, showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship of Filipino culture to the world. As they continue to push boundaries and redefine fashion norms, Mr. Gino-o and the House of Filipino Designers remain steadfast in their commitment to honoring the past while embracing the future.

Revolutionizing Dreams: IGSA Academy’s Exclusive Masterclass Unveils the Blueprint for Modeling Success in 2024!

Are you prepared to take your aspirations to unprecedented heights? MS Entertainment Network is excited to introduce “The International Golden Sash Academy (IGSA),” a revolutionary educational initiative set to empower aspiring models and propel them into the dynamic realm of the entertainment industry.

Scheduled for launch in January 2024, IGSA Academy acknowledges that a thriving career in the entertainment industry necessitates more than just a photogenic appearance; it demands a comprehensive understanding of the industry, refined skills, and insider knowledge. This transformative one-day intensive Masterclass is meticulously crafted to impart essential tools and insights that surpass the conventional modeling curriculum.

Key Highlights of the IGSA Academy Masterclass (Limited to 12 Spots!):

Complimentary Meals: Immerse yourself in a day of immersive learning with complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Professional Photoshoot: Capture your essence with a photoshoot led by one of the world’s top photographers, ensuring high-quality portfolio images.

Magazine Feature: Secure the opportunity to be featured in a prestigious magazine, amplifying your visibility within the industry.

TV6 Network Video Feature: Showcase your talent through a video feature on TV6 Network, extending your reach to a broader audience. Live Catwalk in a Fashion Event: Apply your newfound skills on the runway with a live catwalk experience, turning theory into practice.

Key Learning Points:

Makeup and Skincare: Master the art of applying your own makeup and skincare, refining your personal grooming skills.

Runway, Deportment & Poses: Perfect the techniques of walking down the catwalk with confidence and style. Portfolio Building: Acquire the skills to create a compelling portfolio and a standout comp card.

Posture & Presentation: Discover the secrets of presenting yourself with elegance in various situations. Confidence & Communication: Hone your confidence and communication skills, vital for success in the entertainment industry.

TV & Media Training: Gain valuable insights into navigating television and media appearances with grace and poise. Social Media: Leverage the power of social media to enhance your personal brand and reach a wider audience.

Enroll in IGSA Academy’s Masterclass now to embark on a transformative journey toward modeling success. With limited spots available (maximum 12 people only), this exclusive program guarantees personalized attention and hands-on learning experiences. Seize this opportunity to shape your modeling future – secure your spot in IGSA Academy today!

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The December 2023 Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: Lola Swadling

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Meet Lola Sofia Swadling, an 11-year-old resident from the eastern suburbs of Sydney. As one of two children living at home with both mum and dad, Lola has already distinguished herself as a compassionate and enthusiastic individual with a passion for making a positive impact on the world.

One of Lola’s primary interests lies in environmental sustainability projects, reflecting her deep concern for the planet. Alongside her commitment to saving the Earth, she actively participates in initiatives that promote sustainability. Her dedication to such projects showcases her early awareness and responsibility towards global issues.

Lola’s altruistic nature extends beyond her environmental endeavours. Recognised for her kindness and willingness to assist others, she has been appointed as a junior leader through her church. This role not only emphasizes her leadership qualities but also underlines her commitment to serving her community.

Beyond her philanthropic pursuits, Lola finds joy and self-expression in the arts. Dancing, singing, drawing, and painting are among her favourite activities. Lola has been immersed in the world of dance since the tender age of 2, engaging in jazz, tap, and ballet. Additionally, she started gymnastics at just 18 months old, embracing the movements that provide her with a sense of presence and confidence.

Lola’s love for the planet and its inhabitants is truly commendable. Her beautiful spirit shines through when she interacts with the elderly, reflecting a genuine connection and a desire to make a positive impact on their lives. Through her involvement with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, she extends her compassion to those in need, showcasing a heartwarming blend of empathy and kindness.

In essence, Lola Sofia Swadling is not just an 11-year-old; she is a young advocate for sustainability, a budding artist, and a compassionate soul dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. Her story is an inspiring testament to the potential for positive change, even at a young age.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Lola to discuss her journey in the industry so far and here’s what went down:

Hi Lola! What’s your absolute favourite thing to do when you’re not in school?

Listening to music while jumping around my room. I also love to spend time with my family during movie nights, snuggling up with my mum, dad, and brother. Oh, I can’t forget my beloved cat, MJ.

You’re super into saving the planet! Can you share what you love most about sustainability projects and how you think kids like you can make a big difference?

In my family, we operate a timber and hardware business. You might wonder how this is beneficial for the environment. Well, for every tree we harvest, we, as kids, plant five more in its place in a sustainability plantation we’ve established up north.

This massive sustainability initiative is a source of pride for my family and me. Our goal is to nurture the growth of trees and contribute to the flourishing of our planet.

Additionally, in my daily life, I’ve always been actively engaged in cleaning up our living area, ensuring proper recycling practices, and placing items in the correct bins when people leave behind mess and rubbish.

Being a junior leader at the church sounds exciting! Can you tell us about one fun experience you’ve had helping others?

Originally, that’s when a child helps at the church, helping others in understanding the word of the Lord. God’s word is very inspiring and fun. The program also involves charitable giving and helping other leaders to ensure everyone is happy learning about God. It’s genuinely fun, and I strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to help others.

Dancing, singing, and art – that’s amazing! Which dance move, song, or painting are you most proud of creating?

At school, my afternoons are filled with dancing, which is incredibly enjoyable. Collaborating with fellow students in my year group makes the experience even more fun. We help each other understand the dance moves, and the performance nights are the absolute best!


Recently, my favourite artwork project was creating a paper mâché face mask. I incorporated elements that I truly love, such as a turtle (because I love the ocean), a butterfly (a long-time fascination), and musical notes with tiger stripes (reflecting my love for both music and tigers).

Dancing since you were 2! What’s your favorite dance move, and why do you enjoy dancing so much?

Dancing keeps you active and moving while enjoying awesome music. Immersing yourself in various beats and rhythms allows you to craft unique dance moves.

I particularly enjoy dancing in a group as it enhances collaborative skills and is fun with friends. However, I also have a special fondness for solo dances. One of my favourite solo performances was at nationals when I was 6, where I danced to “Material Girl.” It was a blast, and I had the opportunity to wear pearls, sunglasses, and gloves during the performance. It was an incredibly fun experience.

Can you share a story about a time you felt really good helping someone?

I prepared various foods, such as sandwiches and snacks, for the homeless. Additionally, we organised a sock collection drive for the homeless during the winter.

This initiative had a significant impact as it provided warmth for them and ensured they had dinner for another night.

Furthermore, I have visited numerous nursing homes with both my family and school to engage in conversations, bring laughter, and offer handmade gifts to the residents.

Having a little brother sounds like fun! What’s the coolest thing you’ve taught him or done together?

Spending time with my brother is always fun as we engage in playful activities after school and on weekends. We both share a love for the water, whether it’s at the beach or pool, making it a fantastic and fun experience—especially when our dad joins us. And, of course, lots of hugs make these moments even better.

If you could make your own planet, what would it be like, and what kind of creatures would live there?

If I were to design my own planet, it would be populated by all my favourite animals, surrounded only by kind-hearted people. This planet would prioritise safety, free from diseases, and strictly forbid any harm to the environment. Additionally, all my preferred activities and foods would be available—except for olives!

When you draw or paint, what’s your favorite thing to create? Animals, people, or maybe something out of this world?

Engaging in painting or drawing, I particularly enjoy creating abstract pieces. During a recent sleepover with my BFF, we collaborated on an abstract artwork, making the process incredibly enjoyable, and the result was amazing. We even concealed the name of the artwork within the piece, adding an extra layer of fun.

Additionally, I love drawing nature, including birds, trees, and rainbows.

Looking ahead to when you’re a bit older, what’s one big dream you have for when you grow up?

As I get older, my aspiration is to continue designing and channeling my passion for art. My ultimate dream is to experience lasting happiness with my beloved family by my side.

Strutting to Success: 11 Ways to Stand Out at Runway Castings

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Casting calls for runway shows can be a whirlwind of excitement and nerves as aspiring models vie for coveted spots on the runway. Standing out in a sea of talent requires more than just a striking look—it demands confidence, professionalism, and a distinct edge. Here’s a guide on how to make a lasting impression and secure your spot at runway castings.

1. Research the Show

Before attending a casting, research the show thoroughly. Understand its theme, style, and the types of models the designers are likely to be looking for. This knowledge will guide your wardrobe choices and presentation during the casting.

2. Professional Presentation

Dress professionally and tastefully. Wear simple, well-fitted clothing that highlights your physique without overshadowing your natural features. Avoid excessive makeup or accessories that could distract from your overall look.

3. Confidence is Key

Confidence is your strongest accessory. Walk into the casting with your head held high, shoulders back, and a confident stride. Projecting self-assurance makes you memorable and showcases your ability to command attention on the runway.

4. Polished Portfolio

Bring a professional portfolio with high-quality photos showcasing your model’s versatility. Include a range of images, such as headshots, full-body shots, and any magazine or runway work you have already completed. Your portfolio acts as a visual showcase for your qualifications.

5. Show Your Personality

Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. While maintaining professionalism, show casting directors that you are not just a model but a person with a unique and engaging personality. A warm smile and friendly demeanor can leave a lasting impression.

6. Walk with Purpose

Perfect your runway walk. A strong, confident walk is a model’s signature. Practice your walk before the casting to ensure it’s polished and aligns with the style of the show. Strive for fluidity, poise, and a hint of attitude that matches the brand or designer’s aesthetic.

7. Maintain Professionalism

Professionalism extends beyond your appearance. Be punctual, respectful, and attentive during the casting process. Listen carefully to any instructions or feedback from casting directors, and respond with gratitude.

8. Versatility Matters

Show your versatility as a model. Casting directors often appreciate models who can adapt to different looks and styles. Be prepared to showcase your ability to embody the essence of diverse fashion concepts.

9. Network Effectively

Build relationships with people in the industry. While waiting for your turn at a casting, strike up conversations with other models, designers, or casting directors. Networking can open doors for future opportunities and make you a familiar face in the industry.

10. Be Resilient

Rejection is part of the modeling industry. Don’t let it discourage you if you don’t get selected for a particular casting. Use it as an opportunity to learn and improve. Stay resilient and continue refining your skills for future opportunities.

11. Follow-Up Gracefully

After the casting, consider sending a brief, polite follow-up email after the casting to show your gratitude for the chance. Keep it concise and professional, expressing your continued interest in working with them.

Remember, standing out at runway castings goes beyond physical appearance—it’s about showcasing your unique style, confidence, and ability to embody the designers’ vision. Combining a professional presentation, confidence, versatility, and effective networking can elevate your chances of leaving a lasting impression and securing coveted spots on the runway.