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.

13 comments:

  1. I love that red dress above, but your red dress photo from last year is absolutely beautiful.
    Padded hips indeed!

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  2. They are brave girls. The night shots are good but lady in Red has more punch.

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  3. The thumbnail in my 'dashboard' caught my eye and I knew they were from the '70s! Fun to see this. Not so fun to realize that everything I have is vintage. lol

    The 'lady in red' photo is especially spectacular!

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  4. I'm sure the camera flashes made them feel as if the paparazzi was there! :)

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  5. I know what you mean when you say stuff from the 70's and the 80's is now vintage... :-) By the way, Vikki looks great!

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  6. Nice selection of pictures from the fashion show. The models look like pros. Your photo from last year is more artistic and has a nice quality about it.

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  7. You are really working well with your new camera. Since the shots are free (after you have bought the digital camera) you can try and experiment until your finger tires of clicking. Bravo!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  8. Your pictures this year are good, but last year's was masterful.

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  9. Very good captures! And what a nice idea for a fashion show! The models look lovely in their vintage outfits and no one would have guessed they were not professionals.

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  10. I'll choose the one in blue. That is a gorgeous color Jenny!

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  11. What a fun concept and I like the effect of how you lined the pics up side by side. Yes, your one from last year had a most wonderful mood to it. ~Lili

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  12. I remember your earlier red dress photo, and I agree it's a keeper. I've never been one for appreciating cat walks, but these "amateur" fashion shows are more fun to go to (here in Manila they are for fundraising). I'm reluctant to use ISO over 600... the shots usually come out so grainy, but I'll have to experiment some more, as your photos are super.

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