Back in January, while walking down Takeshita Dori, a girl approached me and asked me where I was from. I’ve found this is a fairly standard ice breaker for Japanese people who want to try to have a conversation with me, and I figured she was just another curious person with a few friendly questions. We got to talking, and she told me about how she was a fashion design student in Ebisu, and for her upcoming final project she needed to find a model. She said that I fit the image for her design concept, which she said was sort of a mixing of European and Japanese dolls. Over the course of a few weeks she invited me for test fittings and runway practice before the show.
Early in the morning on the day of the show, I traveled to Ebisu station, and met with the girl at her college just a few minutes walk away. Once inside we did some last minute fittings, and she brought in a friend to do my hair and make-up. Since my hair was purple at the time, we just ended up using my hime wig. When everyone was ready, we took a bus to a theater in Roppongi, set up with a long catwalk extending from the stage in the middle. I was a bit nervous, but there were so many other models there, and so much going on that I didn’t have time to get jittery. A couple of walk-throughs for pacing, and suddenly it was time to let the attendees into the seats. When it came time for the show, I tried my best, and didn’t fall :). After everyone had gone down the runway, we went back out one by one with our designers and took a bow. I wasn’t really nervous by that point, there were so many cameras flashing that you don’t have a chance to see any faces, I just hope I didn’t have my usual angry concentration face on. It was good timing that the final show landed on a Sunday, as I was able to make it, not miss class, and go to Harajuku to see my friends afterwards! I have no clue how the pictures turned out afterwards, as all I managed to have time to take backstage were these two on my personal camera before I left for the day.