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Marta Hewson Captures Life Backstage - Getting Ready For 55 Seconds On The Runway

Life backstage of a fashion show is not always a glamorous place. It is usually a situation with too many people in too small of a place in a hurry up and wait mentality. All of the effort just for 55 seconds on the runway!

The hair and makeup staff are the unsung heros of any fashion event. For hours before any fashion show the hair and makeup staff brushing and padding until their hands cramp. It is the responsibility of the hair and makeup team to turn a model from a blank canvas into a masterpiece.

Models line up and patiently wait for their turn in the chair to be transformed. The makeup artist pimps and primes the model. After they are finished with the hair and makeup most are limited in what they can do until fitted into their outfits. They can't drink or eat or even touch their face. Models ultimately have to stay relaxed and stress free and typically the only release backstage is acting goofy and fun.

After the team of models are made up they are turned over to the style team. A group of stylists carefully assemble the fashion visions by carefully dressing each model eliminating the chance of smearing makeup on the clothing.

The model is then turned over to the backstage photographers quickly snapping pictures of the pristine model then it is time to rush onto the runway.

55 seconds on the runway is all that is required. After all of the preparation the model has one opportunity to walk down the runway to make the best impression to the patrons and all of the photographers. A designer's career can depend on this process.

Marta Hewson captures the fun and life behind the scenes at a fashion show.



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