I love fashion! So it’s no surprise that a few of my characters watch a fashion show. It’s not a big scene, but it was fun to write. I draw fashion designs and I was able to use my more creative designs in the show. There’s nothing more fun than that. :) You don’t need to draw designs or even know much about fashion to write about a fashion show, though.
Perhaps your characters are rich and going to fashion shows is just part of their daily lives. Then you’re in luck! Here are four things to keep in mind if you want to write a fashion show scene in your book:
· The Runway
Just because a runway is essentially a raised platform doesn’t mean it can’t be elaborate. A red curtain can part for each model. Strobe lights can dance on the sides. It can be indoors or outdoors. I’ve even seen some on water!
TIP: Match the runway and fashion to the theme of your story.
So I may not be the best at drawing, but I still love it.
These boots are covered in silver spikes. Don't kick anyone! :P
· The Guests
Celebrities always go to fashion shows. You may not be able to name a real celebrity, but you can cleverly hint at one, or make up a celebrity for your story. In my book, my heroine sits next to a woman with a distinct style. If someone were to read this part, they should be able to tell who I’m talking about instantly. And I hope they do, because I admire this person very much.
· The Models
You can’t have a fashion show without models to wear the fashions. Are the models as tall as light posts? Are they curvaceous? Don’t forget to mention their hair and makeup! Let the theme of the fashion show and the genre of your story dictate how they look. In my story, the models aren’t human, so I gave them subtle makeup and simple hairstyles to make the wacky outfits standout more.
· The Fashion
And of course we’re onto the fashion! If you design fashion this is the perfect opportunity for you to describe your designs. If you don’t, go through a lot of fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Let the clothing on these glossy pages inspire you.
For a full list of fashion magazines go HERE.
A picture of a woman holding a fan in front of her inspired this dress.
Just as I mentioned in my post Writing About: A Wedding regarding the bride’s dress, you don’t have to give great detail, but certain things like patterns, lengths, colors and even fabric types can paint a nice picture.
For Example: The black silk dress, with white columns along the sides, flowed down her body like water.
QUESTIONS: Do you like fashion? Do you draw fashion designs? Do you pay attention to what your characters wear?