Sunday, 18 September 2011
Fashion Show Spectacular
On Friday evening I went with some friends to see the Fashion Show Spectacular, part of the Saltaire Festival. It's a catwalk show with a few twists. All the models are local girls, not professionals, though they make a splendid job of it. I can't imagine it feels easy walking down a catwalk in front of an audience, when you're not used to it. The clothes are all vintage, 'worn and loved before'. I'm always a little shocked to think that outfits similar to those I wore in the 70s and 80s are now 'vintage'. I still have a few vintage of my own in my wardrobe (including a silk and cotton shirt from our famous Marks & Spencer (M&S) store, that I was photographed wearing on holiday in Greece a couple of years before my daughter was born - and she's 29 now!)
Models, from left to right, are: Pam, wearing a 1970s red chiffon cocktail dress originally from Dallas (the city rather than the TV series, I imagine); Vikki, in an aqua stripe 1960's style shift dress and Tija, in 1950s/60s Wallis lounging pyjamas in pink/white spot satin.
It was a good chance to use my new camera in low light conditions.. even if I wasn't really sure what I was doing! I had to hand-hold it, though I did use a flash as other people were and no-one seemed to object. I bumped the ISO right up to 1600 to give a shutter speed of 1/80 at f 5.6. Compared to my last year's efforts at the same event, these are technically quite a lot better, sharper - but the photo I took last year of 'The Lady in Red' remains one of my all-time favourite photos as it has a lot more atmosphere than these.