You'll never guess what I did today. I attended a photo shoot for the latest hair collection designed by my hairdresser. I wasn't there to observe but to provide the outfits! The story started two months ago when Andreea came to cut my hair. Within 10 minutes of entering our flat she had asked me to create the outfits for her next photo shoot. I couldn't turn down this opportunity and agreed as soon as I saw the brief - Magpies.
I'll save the actual details of the outfits and their inspiration for another post but I wanted to share with you some of the behind the scenes photos I took.
The whole process, from beginning to end, was new to me. I haven't designed any item of clothing to a brief before, made items for people I haven't met until the day they wear them, nor been on set for a shoot. There were times when I thought I had taken on too much (especially as work has exploded over the last three weeks) but overall it was a very rewarding experience.
All three outfits are very simple in style which was great as I drafted most of them using my block and making changes were necessary. I even managed a refashion. The hardest part was trying to figure out how much bigger I should make the outfits - what if they were too small? I would have been mortified but luckily they all fitted quite well. One bodice was too big at the back but a safety pin took care of that. The only other change I had to make was to the hem of a very full circle skirt, you can see me pinning the hem in place here.
During the actual shoot I had to make sure that the outfits looked the way I wanted. I spent a lot of time slightly altering how the bodices sat to smooth out ripples or make sure a key detail was proudly on display. It felt strange nipping onto the set between photos to do this. After nearly six hours we had enough photos to call it a day! While it was tiring, I'm really glad I did it as it was great fun.
It will be sometime before we have the finished photos but I'll make sure I share them with you when they are available.