In preparation for the event Sacramento Fashion Week held two casting calls for the 2013 showcase. One was held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Sacramento. A second casting took place on Sunday at the Capsity Offices located at 2572 21 st Street.
Sacramento Fashion Week is well known for showcasing talented local and regional designers. Sacramento Fashion Week has provided a platform for upcoming and established designers the opportunity to showcase their talent.
As the popularity and importance of Sacramento’s Fashion Week continues to grow it attracts designers, hair stylists, makeup artists, fashion bloggers and models giving them the opportunity to participate and expand their experience and profiles.
Many models at both castings have walked the runway for Sacramento Fashion Week and showed up for this year’s casting. Several other new models also nervously walked for the judges.
Sacramento Fashion Week staff and participating designers were on hand to evaluate and select models at the casting. Over 200 models participated at the castings and they will patiently wait to be notified if they have been selected to walk the runway during Sacramento Fashion Week.
Besides meeting an age, size and height requirement models also had to meet a minimum 18.5 Body Mass Index (BMI). Sacramento Fashion Week instituted the BMI standard of determining when one’s weight translates into a health risk for the first time this year. BMI is calculated by measuring a person’s height and weight and stations were set up take those measurements.
Bridgétt Rex, Editor-In-Chief, Sacramento Fashion Week mentioned the new standard saying, “This is the first year that we’ve officially established this requirement.” Rex was at both casting days and earlier in the day, during the Sunday casting, along with Producer, Executive Director, Duane Ram were interviewed by KCRA TV about the event.
In a posted blog Sacramento Fashion Week noted the following as a guideline to help models understand how BMI is measured giving the following illustration, “As an example, a model who is 5’7’’ will need to weigh at least 118 pounds to achieve the minimum BMI of 18.5, while a 5’10’’ model will need to weigh 129 pounds. We will take weight and height at the casting call using the guidelines posted above to determine BMI.”
Models waited in line both casting days as they filled out an applications and walked for the judges and designers. Another new part of Sacramento Fashion Week this year will include a boutique fashion showcase to go along with two designer showings.
As models were being cast nervousness and excitement were quite evident on their part. Both male and female models were present.
Two models in Sunday’s casting were sisters Giselle Colmenares and Naraly Vizcarra both who were trying out for Sacramento Fashion Week for the first time. This was Colmenares first casting and was a little more nervous. The sisters encouraged each other and conducted themselves professionally and stated that, “It was fun to try out together.”
Final selections for models, designers and boutiques participating will be declared at a later time. Sacramento Fashion Week will continue to hold events leading to the showcases. The next event is “Fashion Affair” scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Citizen Hotel.
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