Last month I went to Prague to shoot a TV commercial for the American department store Macys. I know you're thinking why Prague for an American brand but a lot of commercials are shot in the oddest countries because production is cheaper there. It was the day of my boyfriend Harry's birthday and i had to fly from Paris where I took him to Prague! Thats the thing with my job, case regardless of if you book time off, mind if there is a job that they want you to do you will most likely have to reorganise your plans around the job! Anyway back to the job! When I landed I went straight to the studio and to the wardrobe tent to try on my looks and have them altered to fit me properly and also meet who I was working with (they were American lol). The next day the call time was 7am so I went down to meet the two other models I'd be working with. I'd never shot a TV commercial like this before but the set up was really simple and after hair and make-up and wardrobe I went on the set. It was a giant rotating table that I'd have to stand on either by myself or with another model; when shooting with the other model we would stand on opposite ends of the circle and when I was closest to the camera I'd smile and act happy and when in the background just pose- pretty simple. The singular shots varied depending on what the key item was in my outfit; I had four outfits and the key points were the footwear, the jumper and two based on the whole outfit. Once on the turn table it was pretty repetitive (well I was on a rotating table lol) but I had to change my smile or body positioning every once in a while but keep in mind what the key item was. My day was over by around 3pm unlike the other models who had a few more looks to shoot than I did so I went back to the hotel and later met up with one of the models to explore Prague. Virtually every model needs commercial jobs such as this or online shops to get a wage as editorials (magazines) don't pay and show season is only twice a year!  

The wardrobe tent

The turn table where I spent the day

Outfits for Prague

walking in the park :)

Beautiful view of a cHURCH IN

Last month I went to Prague to shoot a TV commercial for the American department store Macys. I know you're thinking why Prague for an American brand but a lot of commercials are shot in the oddest countries because production is cheaper there. It was the day of my boyfriend Harry's birthday and i had to fly from Paris where I took him to Prague! Thats the thing with my job, case regardless of if you book time off, mind if there is a job that they want you to do you will most likely have to reorganise your plans around the job! Anyway back to the job! When I landed I went straight to the studio and to the wardrobe tent to try on my looks and have them altered to fit me properly and also meet who I was working with (they were American lol). The next day the call time was 7am so I went down to meet the two other models I'd be working with. I'd never shot a TV commercial like this before but the set up was really simple and after hair and make-up and wardrobe I went on the set. It was a giant rotating table that I'd have to stand on either by myself or with another model; when shooting with the other model we would stand on opposite ends of the circle and when I was closest to the camera I'd smile and act happy and when in the background just pose- pretty simple. The singular shots varied depending on what the key item was in my outfit; I had four outfits and the key points were the footwear, the jumper and two based on the whole outfit. Once on the turn table it was pretty repetitive (well I was on a rotating table lol) but I had to change my smile or body positioning every once in a while but keep in mind what the key item was. My day was over by around 3pm unlike the other models who had a few more looks to shoot than I did so I went back to the hotel and later met up with one of the models to explore Prague. Virtually every model needs commercial jobs such as this or online shops to get a wage as editorials (magazines) don't pay and show season is only twice a year!  

The wardrobe tent

The turn table where I spent the day

Outfits for Prague

walking in the park :)

Beautiful view of a cHURCH IN

Last month I went to Prague to shoot a TV commercial for the American department store Macys. I know you're thinking why Prague for an American brand but a lot of commercials are shot in the oddest countries because production is cheaper there. It was the day of my boyfriend Harry's birthday and i had to fly from Paris where I took him to Prague! Thats the thing with my job, pharmacy regardless of if you book time off, seek if there is a job that they want you to do you will most likely have to reorganise your plans around the job! Anyway back to the job! When I landed I went straight to the studio and to the wardrobe tent to try on my looks and have them altered to fit me properly and also meet who I was working with (they were American lol). The next day the call time was 7am so I went down to meet the two other models I'd be working with. I'd never shot a TV commercial like this before but the set up was really simple and after hair and make-up and wardrobe I went on the set. It was a giant rotating table that I'd have to stand on either by myself or with another model; when shooting with the other model we would stand on opposite ends of the circle and when I was closest to the camera I'd smile and act happy and when in the background just pose- pretty simple. The singular shots varied depending on what the key item was in my outfit; I had four outfits and the key points were the footwear, the jumper and two based on the whole outfit. Once on the turn table it was pretty repetitive (well I was on a rotating table lol) but I had to change my smile or body positioning every once in a while but keep in mind what the key item was. My day was over by around 3pm unlike the other models who had a few more looks to shoot than I did so I went back to the hotel and later met up with one of the models to explore Prague. Virtually every model needs commercial jobs such as this or online shops to get a wage as editorials (magazines) don't pay and show season is only twice a year!  

The wardrobe tent

The turn table where I spent the day

Outfits for Prague

walking in the park

Beautiful view of a Church in Prague from a park I went to with the other model.

Last month I went to Prague to shoot a TV commercial for the American department store Macys. I know you're thinking why Prague for an American brand but a lot of commercials are shot in the oddest countries because production is cheaper there. It was the day of my boyfriend Harry's birthday and i had to fly from Paris where I took him to Prague! Thats the thing with my job, case regardless of if you book time off, mind if there is a job that they want you to do you will most likely have to reorganise your plans around the job! Anyway back to the job! When I landed I went straight to the studio and to the wardrobe tent to try on my looks and have them altered to fit me properly and also meet who I was working with (they were American lol). The next day the call time was 7am so I went down to meet the two other models I'd be working with. I'd never shot a TV commercial like this before but the set up was really simple and after hair and make-up and wardrobe I went on the set. It was a giant rotating table that I'd have to stand on either by myself or with another model; when shooting with the other model we would stand on opposite ends of the circle and when I was closest to the camera I'd smile and act happy and when in the background just pose- pretty simple. The singular shots varied depending on what the key item was in my outfit; I had four outfits and the key points were the footwear, the jumper and two based on the whole outfit. Once on the turn table it was pretty repetitive (well I was on a rotating table lol) but I had to change my smile or body positioning every once in a while but keep in mind what the key item was. My day was over by around 3pm unlike the other models who had a few more looks to shoot than I did so I went back to the hotel and later met up with one of the models to explore Prague. Virtually every model needs commercial jobs such as this or online shops to get a wage as editorials (magazines) don't pay and show season is only twice a year!  

The wardrobe tent

The turn table where I spent the day

Outfits for Prague

walking in the park :)

Beautiful view of a cHURCH IN

Last month I went to Prague to shoot a TV commercial for the American department store Macys. I know you're thinking why Prague for an American brand but a lot of commercials are shot in the oddest countries because production is cheaper there. It was the day of my boyfriend Harry's birthday and i had to fly from Paris where I took him to Prague! Thats the thing with my job, pharmacy regardless of if you book time off, seek if there is a job that they want you to do you will most likely have to reorganise your plans around the job! Anyway back to the job! When I landed I went straight to the studio and to the wardrobe tent to try on my looks and have them altered to fit me properly and also meet who I was working with (they were American lol). The next day the call time was 7am so I went down to meet the two other models I'd be working with. I'd never shot a TV commercial like this before but the set up was really simple and after hair and make-up and wardrobe I went on the set. It was a giant rotating table that I'd have to stand on either by myself or with another model; when shooting with the other model we would stand on opposite ends of the circle and when I was closest to the camera I'd smile and act happy and when in the background just pose- pretty simple. The singular shots varied depending on what the key item was in my outfit; I had four outfits and the key points were the footwear, the jumper and two based on the whole outfit. Once on the turn table it was pretty repetitive (well I was on a rotating table lol) but I had to change my smile or body positioning every once in a while but keep in mind what the key item was. My day was over by around 3pm unlike the other models who had a few more looks to shoot than I did so I went back to the hotel and later met up with one of the models to explore Prague. Virtually every model needs commercial jobs such as this or online shops to get a wage as editorials (magazines) don't pay and show season is only twice a year!  

The wardrobe tent

The turn table where I spent the day

Outfits for Prague

walking in the park

Beautiful view of a Church in Prague from a park I went to with the other model.

In september Philip Treacys studio became my second home as he picked me to be his fit model leading up to his show; his first big show in 12 years. A fit model is basically a human mannequin; I would go to his studio every other day and try on all his hats as they went from just being shells to becoming beautiful unique pieces- the process was amazing to watch and be a part of. I even had the pleasure of wearing all of the original Michael Jackson pieces that were used in his show including the original Thriller jacket! It was so amazing to watch how he carefully selected each feather on a hat, malady each individual rhinestone and it really made me appreciate his craft. His regular clients include Lady Gaga and he has thank you notes from members of the royal family; he is truly loved. I really wanted my blog to have features with people I've worked with who I felt were interesting and genuine and Philip was at the top of the list! Here is my five minutes with Mr. Treacy. (Scroll down for pictures!)    How did your career begin? In 1989 I took one of my hats to Michael Roberts, fashion director of Tatler magazine, and his style editor, Isabella Blow.  Our conversation that day was like twenty seconds and I thought nothing of it. A few weeks afterwards, the secretary at the college said: “Some Lady has been phoning up. She wants to know what your schedule‘s like for the next six months.” I didn’t know what she was talking about, but it turned out to be Issie [Isabella Blow]. Why did you pick millinery? I moved to Dublin to study fashion at the National College of Art & Design, where I made hats “as a hobby” to go with outfits I designed on the course. Nobody really had much time for the hat because it was a fashion school, but there did come a point when I was more interested in making the hats than the outfits. When the students had to arrange work experience, I chose to spend six weeks with Stephen Jones, the London hat designer. After graduating from The National College of Art & Design I won a place on the MA fashion design course at the Royal College of Art in London. When I was interviewed I didn’t know whether to play down the hats or play up the hats, but they were thinking of setting up a hat course so I became their guinea pig. After one day there I said to my tutor Sheilagh Brown: " What should I do? Should I make hats or clothes?" She said: "make hats." It was very practical, not a great revelation! What do you feel was the best era for fashion? I’m a huge fan of old Hollywood glamour, back then people had style, now… people have stylists. Tell us a wild story! I was summoned to Paris to meet Karl Lagerfeld, chief designer at Chanel. I was 23. I’d just left school.  I didn’t know whether to call him Mr Lagerfeld or whatever. I was totally intimidated but Issie [Isabella Blow] was exactly herself. She just walked into the house of Chanel and said: “We’d like some tea please”. I went on to design hats for Lagerfeld at Chanel for ten years. What made you decide to do a show after 12 years?  I think it’s a good time for hats, especially after the Royal Wedding. How did you decide on the Michael Jackson theme and clothes for your show? How did you get hold of Michael bush, the designer of Michael Jackson's clothes? I’m a good friend with Darren Julien and Martin Nolan, CEOs of Juliens Auction. They will sell Michael Jacksons’ stage clothes designed by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins in December in Hollywood. I asked them to borrow a glove for the show and they gave the whole collection! I’ve been honoured to work with Michael Jackson’s costumes. What will be your next venture? You’ve already done interior design, created limited edition pieces for slendertone and more!  I love the idea of the unknown and the future; you don’t know what is going to happen next week, and that’s a fashion attitude.  It’s all very well accusing someone of being a ‘fashion animal’ – I’m one too!  Fashion animals are obsessed with something for a moment, and then they move on to something else.  That’s the nature of fashion – it’s all about change.

Phililp Treacy talking to Michael Bush

Part of his studio

He used all black models for his show which drummed up quiet a lot of conversation

Me walking in his show! [image courtesy guardian.co.uk]

 Philip and Lady Gaga

 Me in original michael Jackson pieces!