Ebisu Fashion Design College Graduation Show

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.

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