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High energy WOW modelling – most of us ‘eat like horses’

Oct 3rd, 2008 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Featured Article

NEWSWIRE’S Laura Frykberg (pictured) has been moonlighting as a model for the current World of Wearable Arts show in Wellington.  JENNY MEYER asked her what its like to be part of WOW.

How does modelling for WOW differ to ordinary catwalk modelling?

When I first went to audition for the show I had no idea the amount of time and effort that goes into each garment, and how your movement affects the overall look of it on stage. Catwalk modelling requires a confident walk and a strong pose at the end. WOW requires you to be constantly aware of every move you make. That is why models [who have also] trained as dancers usually look the most effective on stage.

How long have you been practising for and what sort of time commitment does the show demand?

We have rehearsal around five nights a week on average. But it also depends on how many garments you are put into. I had five garments. Some models had seven or eight, others one or two. The auditions are held in June and we have been rehearsing since July. It is a very time-consuming show to be a part of, but it is so much fun that putting in all the work is not an issue.

Do you have a favourite outfit in the show?

Well, one of my own outfits I love is Conversations with Guggenheim from the architecture section (which was the winner of that section), because it is so retro and edgy and the music that we model it to is really modern. But I have to say that Eos, by Clair Prebble, which won the supreme award in 2004, is beautiful. (It features in the historic section this year, which exhibits all the previous supreme winners).

People often accuse models of being too thin, but this event has some substantial looking garments. What kind of food do you eat to keep your strength up?

It’s funny you say that because, yes, there are some thin models this year, but most of them eat like horses. The WOW team constantly provides us with bread, gourmet pizza, hot soups and other goodies, like lollies and muesli bars. When you are running around and have quick changes you can’t afford to not eat. It’s not one of those types of shows.

What kind of reaction have you had from the designers and the audience to the garments you model?

Sometimes you get clapping, other times you get “oohs and aahs”. I have had great reactions from Hine Nui Te Po, my garment in the South Pacific Section, and also the Weta Award winner, A Loco-notion. Being forced out of your comfort zone and learning dance moves, as well as expressive body movement, has been challenging for me, but totally rewarding. The audience seems more excited when you really get into the character of your garments.

I guess it is busy back stage. Do you actually get to see any of the show yourself?

It is crazy. You have to really be on guard to make sure you don’t knock into other people’s garments. Getting from the changing room, to hair and makeup check, then to the stage can be quite a difficult task. I have seen certain parts of the show, for example, the Ultra-Violet section that has all the professional dancers. But I have never seen the show’s sections that I am in, because I am always backstage waiting for my cue.

The final show is on Sunday.

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