The fashion show is pretty much ready to roll by Friday, but there are so many details that need to be attended to the day of. Without the lovely folks at Offinger who manage TNNA I’m not sure how we’d get through. Patty Parrish, the Executive Director of TNNA, can wrangle the workmen and convention center to the best advantage of TNNA. We shifted the runway backward to take advantage of existing lighting, saving us a lot of money! But the dressing room had to be moved and some accommodations made backstage. While she was working her magic in the ballroom, I was “supervising” the volunteers on Garment Intake. Vendors drop off their pieces and we have to give them tickets and bag the garments, matching them with a photo. The very organized sister (who’s name I forget) of Adrienne Ku kept things moving along and everything in order along with Adrienne. Jennifer and Simone got lunch after class and came back to help getting everything lined up for the models. I went to a meeting and returned to general hilarity and a job nearly finished.
Wendy arrived, but because I never hear my phone, she enjoyed some knitting time until I came out after 3 pm and she snagged me. She and I tried to move the garment racks, but there was a central pole that made it difficult, so some show employees came to help and got them moved upstairs to the ballroom. They at least had the advantage of height. We met them at the dressing room. The dressing room was moved, models briefed, lighting decided, and a rough walk done. We set up the backstage process, briefed volunteers as they came around, and I spent a fair amount of time wondering where my dressers were. I am so appreciative of all volunteers, and I totally understand that things happen, but when you show up you get a lot of points from me. The creative director and her assistant from Berroco saved my bacon and I ended up with enough dressers. If you didn’t show up, I understand but an explanation would be nice. My friend Paige Sato who usually helps out ran a half marathon and slept right through the show time!
Once the show starts, I am just herding models. One of the male models stayed and acted as an extra pair of eyes for keeping everyone moving forward. Then the show is over, models pack up (they were great and loved what they modeled), and a few vendors pick up their garments. Then I have to move the garments back to the locked package check room for overnight. Someone got us to the freight elevators and Wendy, Sara, and I were able to move one rack–with all the garments–back downstairs.
Our reward? $5 cabs downtown on Friday nights! Off we went to dinner.
Photo was taken while I was gone. The rose from the bud I’d shown before I left.