Rehearsal for a fashion show in Alaska
The dressing room is crowded with down coats that it looks like the mattresses of the Princess and the Pea. On second view, men and women are sharing that dressing room. My partner puts on his dance shoes, so do I. We are to be the final dance of Cinderella. Thus, we walk into the room and take a seat on the stair steps that still have to be assembled to the stage. I am putting on my cardigan to stay warm.
Behind us are three women busy ironing the chair dresses for the show. The steam of ironing is in the air. The talk master just left the stage after announcing the step sisters. The music starts playing. Models of all age, size and shape enter the stage one after the other. They walk the cat walk in high heels. The jeans they are wearing are about 4 inch too short for the shoes they are wearing, not to mention that no stylist would pair these shoes with boot cut jeans. If jeans, it would be cuffed boyfriends or skinnies. If…
The stepsisters leave the stage and an actor comes in in dirty jeans that I wouldn’t even want to be seen in at the transfer station. Next the heros come in. You have to read the backstage list to find out that these are spiderman, iron men, and other superheros. They are all wearing heavy unpolished laceup boots or heavy sneakers, plaid wool shirts or sweaters.
We go back backstage to warm up for the dance, an Argentine Tango. When we enter the stage to perform it is the first time this evening I do not freeze. I am wearing practice wear and still my cardigan.
No dress rehearsal in Alaska
In Fairbanks, nobody would wear the original gowns, or costumes at a rehearsal in Alaska in winter. The room is just too chilly a day before the show. Huge conference or ballrooms are only heated when needed. Otherwise are set to 40F (5C) so the pipes don’t freeze. Thus, you start about 24 hours prior to use to warm the room up. All the models were wearing their own clothes except for the shoes. The length of their jeans tells that they usually wear flat booties. They restricted the dress rehearsal to just exercising looking confident in heels.
I paired a double layered mesh skirt c/o with my Burberry blazer for a work outfit. The outfit is quite eclectic with a British touch. The neutral colors and classic cut of the blazer keep the look office appropriate.
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Photos: G. Kramm (2014)
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