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August 26, 2014

Writing About: A Fashion Show


I love fashion! So it’s no surprise that a few of my characters watch a fashion show. It’s not a big scene, but it was fun to write. I draw fashion designs and I was able to use my more creative designs in the show. There’s nothing more fun than that. :) You don’t need to draw designs or even know much about fashion to write about a fashion show, though.

Perhaps your characters are rich and going to fashion shows is just part of their daily lives. Then you’re in luck! Here are four things to keep in mind if you want to write a fashion show scene in your book:

·         The Runway

Just because a runway is essentially a raised platform doesn’t mean it can’t be elaborate. A red curtain can part for each model. Strobe lights can dance on the sides. It can be indoors or outdoors. I’ve even seen some on water!
TIP: Match the runway and fashion to the theme of your story. 
So I may not be the best at drawing, but I still love it.
These boots are covered in silver spikes. Don't kick anyone! :P
Design by Chrys Fey.


·         The Guests

Celebrities always go to fashion shows. You may not be able to name a real celebrity, but you can cleverly hint at one, or make up a celebrity for your story. In my book, my heroine sits next to a woman with a distinct style. If someone were to read this part, they should be able to tell who I’m talking about instantly. And I hope they do, because I admire this person very much.

·         The Models

You can’t have a fashion show without models to wear the fashions. Are the models as tall as light posts? Are they curvaceous? Don’t forget to mention their hair and makeup! Let the theme of the fashion show and the genre of your story dictate how they look. In my story, the models aren’t human, so I gave them subtle makeup and simple hairstyles to make the wacky outfits standout more.

·         The Fashion

And of course we’re onto the fashion! If you design fashion this is the perfect opportunity for you to describe your designs. If you don’t, go through a lot of fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Let the clothing on these glossy pages inspire you.

For a full list of fashion magazines go HERE.

A picture of a woman holding a fan in front of her inspired this dress.
Design by Chrys Fey.


Just as I mentioned in my post Writing About: A Wedding regarding the bride’s dress, you don’t have to give great detail, but certain things like patterns, lengths, colors and even fabric types can paint a nice picture.

For Example: The black silk dress, with white columns along the sides, flowed down her body like water.


QUESTIONS: Do you like fashion? Do you draw fashion designs? Do you pay attention to what your characters wear?


38 comments:

Sarah Foster said...

Watch out for those boots! This reminded me that I used to draw fashion designs all the time when I was younger. I would like to get back into it, but I think I'd need more space if I actually wanted to make something...and better sewing skills. :)

Pat Hatt said...

haha I tend to just say clothes, unless the need arises for more fashion. My fashion knowledge and sense umm stinks lol

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Safe to say I will probably not be writing a fashion scene.

Chrys Fey said...

HAHA! Shucks! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay, Pat. Even just giving a few details like the color of a t-shirt or adding the word "jeans" can paint a nice picture.

Chrys Fey said...

I haven't been drawing as much designs lately as I used too, but I do have a list of ideas that I should try drawing some time. And I don't think I'd ever be any good at sewing my designs. Maybe I could get a fashion line one day and others can make them for me. ;)

Unknown said...

Whoo, honey! Those boots! I actually commend you for your drawings because if it had been me, you'd have been seeing a stick figure with squiggly lines for hair! If a scene deserves it, I will talk about fashion. But I've never had a fashion show scene (at least not yet).

Carrie-Anne said...

My characters Anastasiya and Dagnija are fashion designers, and in my second Russian historical, Anastasiya goes to Paris for her first fashion show of her designs (and proceeds to get pregnant in the only sexual encounter of her life, while uncharacteristically drunk). Though Anastasiya is the founder of their salon, her alternate designer and second in command Dagnjia grows to be more popular because her designs are a lot more modern and fashionable. Dagnija isn't afraid to design things like a red halter top wedding gown, while Anastasiya still dresses like it's 1900.

Kelly Hashway said...

I like that dress but I would be afraid to wear those boots. ;)

Michelle Wallace said...

Whether your story includes a fashion scene or not, the characters have to wear clothes. I think that you should pay some attention to what characters wear. Clothes can help lend ambience/create atmosphere...
I voted!
Good luck.
Writer In Transit

Unknown said...

This looks like its going to be some event.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Quanie! I'm glad you like my drawings. :) I have gotten better with practice, but I still don't like to draw the heads/faces or arms. lol

Chrys Fey said...

I love that! All of your stories and characters sound so fascinating! I've never designed a red halter top wedding gown, although I would love to see one, but one of my designs inspired by Little Red Riding Hood did make into the fashion show. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I would be afraid to wear those boots, too. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I agree! I love to mention what my characters are wearing when it's necessary, even if it's just a t-shirt and jeans, but especially if it's for an event/party/date/holiday.

Thank you for voting!!! :)

Chrys Fey said...

I hope so! ;)

Denise Covey said...

Writing about fashion sounds like fun...and your drawings are super cute. I'm no follower of fashion-I like the casual style, but it does add a layer to a story.

Crystal Collier said...

You know, that's a world I will happily steer clear of. My mom was told my so many people when I was little that she should put me into modeling. Thankfully she didn't. Perhaps that's where this gets too personal and scary for me--that could have been my world. *gulp*

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Chrys!! Well, as someone who is, shall we say, fashion-challenged, I will just say I hope you have a good Wednesday :-)

Chrys Fey said...

I dress pretty casual, too, but I love to design dresses and elaborate fashion. :)

Chrys Fey said...

The only models I wrote about was from a distance and only for the fashion show my characters were watching. I'm not sure if I would ever be able to write about that world either. And when I was growing up, a lot of people told me I should be a model, too. But I was an awkward child. haha

Chrys Fey said...

haha HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!! :D

VR Barkowski said...

I love reading about fashion, love fashion week and watching the red carpet during events and award shows to see what everyone is wearing. But fashion descriptions don't fit the type of of stories I write. Same with food. love to cook, love to eat, but food descriptions don't ever make it onto the page. It's a pacing/setting thing, I think.

I can't draw, but can I doodle pretty patterns. :)

VR Barkowski

Loni Townsend said...

Ah, I could see Cera now, fighting to be center stage of the fashion show, her shouting, "What do you mean I'm too short?!" She'd probably roast the competition...literally.

emaginette said...

For someone writing a cozy mystery this sounds like the perfect job for the amateur sleuth. What fun it would be. :-)

Anna from Shout with Emaginette

Liz Blocker said...

Ooo, how fun! Now I want to find a reason to include a fashion show in my story... ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I write a lot of thrillers but still manage to get in food and clothing descriptions when it's necessary. My fashion show scene is actually part of in a supernatural-thriller. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That would be great! I could see her doing that, too. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That would be a lot of fun! :)

Chrys Fey said...

It was a lot of fun to write. :)

Nas said...

Oh, my! What fun tips and advice! Thanks Chrys!

cleemckenzie said...

It's a glam topic all right. And I think a chance for some bad girl goings on.

Lisa Thomson said...

Yes, I totally love fashion. I haven't written about a fashion show, though. This is an example of how real life experiences really contribute to our writing. I will add 'fashion show' to my list of things to do and see. Great post, Chrys!

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Oh yes, there can be a lot of bad girl going on, especially if you write about the models as major characters.

Chrys Fey said...

I've never actually seen a fashion show in real life, only on TV, and it's on my list of things I'd like to do as well. :)

Tanya Hanson said...

I love fashion...in my other life, I'd be a designer. None of the goofy stuff, though, or anorexic models. Real life people. That's why I like Ralph Lauren. Oh, the new giant Vogue just came out...savoring each page. Loved this post, Chrys, and your sketches!

Chrys Fey said...

I wish I could be a designer in this life! Oh, I love Vogue! I'm going to have get a copy. :)