NZFW 2016 | Backstage at Trelise Cooper

Just before it was time to wrap up a week of fashion euphoria, I ditched the front row and made a conscious effort to blend into the chaotic habitat of those behind the scenes. Up until then, I felt as if my perspective lacked one crucial element to the story. Backstage is a part often unseen by the public; a messier, wilder, and – in retrospect – more authentic slice of Fashion Week.

My eyes grew wide as I dived into a myriad of clothing racks behind the bright lights of the much anticipated Trelise Cooper spectacle. What’s there to see, you wonder? What’s there not so see, I’d argue. Dozens of models, even more stylists, highly concentrated beauticians bronzing and sculpting every body part imaginable, suitcases full of shoes, photographers galore, you name it. And, naturally, Dame Trelise Cooper herself is busy perfecting each and every look.

The thought process behind any fashion show is focused and elaborate, with a plethora of passionate artists and volunteers giving it their all. To judge Fashion Week by what the bright lights at the end of the runway depict would be naive and one-sided. A peek behind the curtain will open minds and elucidate the expertise of those involved.

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