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Interview with a Fit Model, Continued

November 6th, 2012

Shop Gotham has had the pleasure of speaking with a fit model here in NYC.  A fit model is someone who tries on designer clothes before they hit the stores.  Like every other job, it has its highs and lows.

Shop Gotham (SG): What bugs you most about your job?

Fit Model (FM): What bugs me most about the job might be that everyone assumes I’m dumb because I’m a model. Some people can get a little condescending because of that, and that’s the most infuriating thing in the world to me. Also long fittings- we’re talking 6 to 7 hour fittings- are pretty brutal because you’re just standing there, in four inch heels, for sooooo long. Your feet & body get achy, and if you’re working with a team that doesn’t ask for a lot of input, it gets HELLA boring. But you just have to suck it up, let your mind wander, and think of the dollar signs.

SG: Which brings us to the next question.  What’s the pay scale like?

FM: At my most high-paying account, my take after my fit model agent’s commission is roughly $200.

SG: Per hour?

FM: Yup.

SG: Did you come to New York to be a model?

FM: No, I came here to be an actor.   So for an actor, it’s a godsend of a day job. And for the most part, it’s pretty flexible, usually just a few hours a day.

SG: Is it fairly consistent?

FM: Right now I happen to be in the midst of a solid month of 9-5 work, which is extremely rare for a part-timer, and that amount of hours is really difficult. But I’m going to make a quarter of my last year’s income in a month, and it’s hard to say no to that.

SG: Well, thanks for taking the time out to speak to us.  It’s been very interesting!

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Interview with a Fit Model: Part Two

October 30th, 2012
Guess who wore it first?

Shop Gotham was thrilled to interview someone who works behind the scenes in the fashion industry:  the fit model.  In case you missed last week’s post, a fit model is a young woman hired by a designer to try on clothes and give feedback as to the fit.  Sound like your dream job?  Even the best jobs have their ups and downs.  Read on…

Shop Gotham (SG): So what’s the worst thing a designer’s ever said to you?

Fit Model (FM): I used to work with a tech designer who very much esteemed himself as the resident fun-sassy-gay-wild card.  One day he said to me, “Turn around, Bessie.”  And then he mooed!   And laughed and laughed at himself.  He was completely oblivious to how incredibly rude that was.   He thought he was hilarious, playful and off-the-cuff. I wanted to smack him, but I just gritted my teeth, smiled, and followed instructions.

SG: What a jerk!  Do they ever say catty things about celebrities?

FM: The worst thing I’ve heard a designer say was probably the time when one was discussing which celebrity to dress for an upcoming awards show. I thought that when a big celebrity wanted to wear a certain designer’s clothes, the designer jumped at the chance. But apparently designers are very particular about who is “representing” their brand. So this particular designer, upon hearing that Sarah Jessica Parker had put in a request to wear a dress by said designer, responded, “Um, ew. She’s, um… Not what she once was. You know. She’s old.” It was very dismissive and harsh.

SG: I don’t suppose you’ll tell us who that was?

FM: Not a chance.

SG: Well if he wants to take his career in that direction, maybe he’ll get to dress young, up-and-coming starlets like Honey Boo Boo.  What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever gotten to wear?

FM: It’s a tie between a couple of things at my most high-end/luxury/couture account.  Google “Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games premiere.”  I wore that first!  Google “Anne Hathaway Dark Knight Rises premiere.”   That white, draped Grecian gown? Wore that one first too. I also recently fit an incredible red gown with crazy ’30s-meets-futuristic shoulder cut outs that I expect to see on a celebrity any day now. Those few dresses I just mentioned were very rare instances of coming out from behind the changing screen, looking in the mirror, and thinking, ” DAMN I look good.”

Stay tuned for more interviews with a fit model!

May 2012 – Why NYC Rocks

May 14th, 2012

..because you can watch and overhear week 8 eliminated Fashion Star contestant Ross Bennett on his cell outside of Bloomies, last Friday, May 12th.  Discussion: something about Ralph Lauren’s company offering to pick him up in one of Ralph’s personal cars.  Why? who knows.  ps: he’s better looking in person.

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