Tanya Taylor’s Fall Presentation was held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) this season. I’m probably a little jaded from being in the Mercedes Benz tents so often, that being at MOMA after-hours was like…well it was exactly like breaking into a museum after they’ve closed.
The production “office” was in an exhibit room that played a piece of classical music all night, hair and makeup was on the 6th floor gallery, and the presentation was on the 1st floor that looked out onto the sculpture garden. It was surreal, and I was pinching myself all night. I was also planning how I could get a piece of art out without anyone noticing.
This was my first time “dressing” a model, and it was seriously hard. At least when you’re dressing a baby, they are laying down, or the piece of clothing is generally made to go on and off easily – and it’s completely acceptable to tickle them and blow on their stomach.
But these models had just had long fake nails put on, so they couldn’t even untie their own boots or take off their stockings. Once undressed, I had to put socks on them (impossible), their pants, a leather collar with buttons, then cover their face with mesh and squeeze their head through a cashmere sweater. The hardest was probably the heels. It’s bad enough jamming your foot into shoes that don’t fit you perfectly, but at least you can feel it and figure out where to push and pull. Suffice to say, it was much easier undressing them, since they could now use their hands and help.
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