Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Craft of Modeling

A letter from Toti Manasan:

Hello Anna,

When I visualize you walking down the runway, your own particular way of walking really does stand out. Indeed, that is the reason you're considered the "best walker in the business." And of course, much has been said and written about that.

But to focus on just your brand of walking would be missing the big picture, and doesn't provide opportunity to fully appreciate your contribution to fashion. It has to do with your mastery of the craft of modeling.

Designers loved collaborating with you because you gave life to their creation. And this is an important relationship (and why you got to work with so many of them, I suspect). A painting can generate its own light and beauty. But clothes need a model who will make full use of herself as instrument to give the garment its anima (its soul!). And yes, the breathless gasps, the thunderous applause and the shivers from all who watched are testament that you, as instrument, performed beautifully and masterfully.

So… HOW do you do it? I realize the response could very well be content for a book or a master class in modeling perhaps, but throw us a bone anyway! :) I'd very much LOVE to hear you share your wisdom on this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree!...and i am sure Jay Alexander needs a gigantic stethoscope and why you can much much for flash and crass!

2:35 PM  

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