Have you ever wanted to work backstage at a fashion show? Well, now is your chance! The Fashion Merchandising and Design Society is once again searching for stagers to work backstage during the show on April 12th.
I spoke to Blythe Boyd, who was a stager in last year’s show, to get more insight on what it’s like to be a stager! Here is what she had to say:
What did you do as a stager and why was it important?
The role of a stager for a fashion show seems like a very minor role but, in fact, it’s one of the most important ones. As a stager, you are in charge of getting your assigned models dressed between walks and making sure they are in the right order before they hit the runway. Some of the models have extremely quick changes and can’t do it all on their own, so while they are putting on their pants, you may be tying their shoes.
I was assigned a group of models and I was the last person to see them before they hit the runway so it was my job to make sure every button was buttoned, zipper was zipped, and everything was ready to go down the runway.
What was your favorite part?
My favorite part was the fast-paced environment! I was constantly moving around and if your models were dressed and ready, you were helping someone else with their models because being a stager requires team effort and main focus on the end product – getting the models ready and down the runway on time. It gave me a really good sense of what it would be like during one of the professional shows.
What did you get out of it?
I am a designer, as well as on the committee for the show this year, and being a stager gave me a behind the scenes look of what it takes to put on a show. Also, since I was a stager before deciding to design, I now understand the importance of constructing a garment that is easy for a model to slip in and out of in a fast manner. It was also really nice getting to know the models; some weren’t even fashion majors!
What does it take to be a stager?
To be a stager, you have to be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. You have such a limited time to get your models on the runway, so you can’t panic when things get crazy. You must be able to think fast on your feet; for example, last year a closure broke off a garment, so with about 10 seconds to spare, I took a safety pin and pinned the garment closed and sent the model out.
It’s also very important to be able to work as a team. So, even though your models need you, other stagers may be busy and you’ll have to help their models, too. The model’s job is to walk the runway, a stager’s job is to dress the model so that the garment looks how the designer envisioned; this is why being a stager is one of the most important roles in a fashion show.
Stager applications come out February 15th! Keep an eye on the Instagram page bio for the link to the application (@enchantedfashionshow) and be sure to send a copy of the application to firstname.lastname@example.org!