The Girls Who Dress the Girls

Ever wonder what it takes to a be a model dresser backstage at a show? I did. Each season I peep scores of young, bright-eyed babes backstage playing
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Ever wonder what it takes to a be a model dresser backstage at a show? I did. Each season I peep scores of young, bright-eyed babes backstage playing
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Ever wonder what it takes to a be a model dresser backstage at a show? I did. Each season I peep scores of young, bright-eyed babes backstage playing their part in the show, and think, "Where do all these girls come from?" They're usually found sitting on the floor by the outfit they are in charge of, giggling a lot, or taking shots of their favorite models with jaws hanging wide open. I found one such dresser, Kim Bun Gee, who gave me the rundown on how it goes down in the world of backstage dressing. Kim's a third-year menswear design student from Canada who studies in Paris. Kim said there are postings all over the major fashion colleges where you sign up, wait, hope that they call, go in for a quick interview, wait again, and hope that you are chosen. Then it's done and suddenly you're backstage dressing Tanya D. I think the world of backstage model dressing is still a field which is pretty damn sexist. There are never any young men dressing the girls, which I totally get, but what if a young Galliano wanted the job? He probably wouldn't get it. Hear that guys, you still have some rights that need fighting for. —REBECCA SUHRAWARDI AUSTIN