Literature for Life the creator of the Poetic Fashion Show is a charitable organization that gives back to the community. This event was created to give the youth living within Toronto’s 13 underserved neighborhoods the opportunity to showcase their artistry despite the negative portrayal by the media, showing the world that good can come from negative circumstances. I can honestly say that being invited to be a part of the Poetic Fashion Show has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Not only did I get a chance to take part professionally but I was also a part of something even bigger than the event itself. Supporting the creative talent of inner city youth and embodying Poetic Fashion’s motto “Building bridges not barriers”. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a bunch of talented youth who are dedicated to their craft despite the challenges they face within their everyday lives. Literature for Life gave the artists the opportunity that they would most likely have not been able to receive independently like studio time to record their demos and media coverage at the event from different media outlets such as MTV Canada. The models received professional training from Elmer Model Management, photo shoots with professional photographers to further build their portfolios and the opportunity to work with 4 of Toronto’s well known designers.
When I arrived at the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts the air was filled with a mixture of excitement, anxiousness and a bit of chaos. All the models and performers were in rehearsals doing the final run through of their performances. Meanwhile the directors of the show were busy trying to ensure that everything went smoothly. Designers and Stylists were busy setting up in their assigned dressing rooms. The energy backstage was intense giving me a reassurance that this show was going to be magnificent. I was very impressed with the determination and talent of both the models and performers as I took a peek inside the rehearsal studio. It took months, many rehearsals and time invested; now the time had arrived. After rehearsals the models headed backstage for hair/makeup and final fittings with the designers and stylists. I myself, stylist for the Gregory Allen Company had 7 male models and 1 female model to be outfitted after hair and make- up was complete. It took a couple of weeks, countless meetings and phone conferences with Greg Allen to finalize the looks for each model. Now it was Showtime but before anyone hit the stage we all gathered together for a final prayer which was lead by 2 youths. I felt like a member of a Pentecostal church because the prayer was so energetic and moving. After that it was clear everyone had their game faces on, now let the show begin!
NM DESIGN (NOIR MASAE)
Written by: Curt Greenidge
Andre Naraine of Copasetic Photography.
Special Thanks to Literature for Life & Poetic Fashion