Walking on the Runway: How much do you know about fashion shows?

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Are you a fashion show expert, or just love everything about the runway? Take this fashion quiz and test your knowledge about the history and behind-the-scenes facts of fashion shows.

When did America's first fashion show take place?

A specialty store in New York called Ehrich Brothers put on the very first fashion show in the United States in 1903 as a way to entice customers and get them in the door.


What is a hot spot?

A hot spot is defined as a spot on the runway where the lights are brighter. A cold spot is defined as a spot on the runway where the lights are dimmer.


True or false: The best and most successful fashion shows use constantly changing and dramatic lighting on the runway.

During a fashion show, lighting can be used for dramatic effect but should never be flashy or distracting. Constantly changing lighting on the runway often obscures or distracts from the clothing worn by the models and makes it difficult for the photographers to take decent shots.


True or false: All the models at a show should look as identical as possible.

It may seem like all models are tall, leggy blondes, but most fashion show audiences want to see different types of people on the runway. Men, women, thick, thin, short hair, long hair and so on. But looks aren't all you need to look for. Choose models who have personality and can keep the audience engaged from start to finish.


In 2010, during London Fashion Week, who was awarded with having the best goodie bag?

House of Holland was awarded with having the best goodie bag from London Fashion Week in 2010. The bag included a clutch showcasing the designer's face.


If you were to put on a fashion show, which of the following is NOT a way to make your guests feel like stars?

Making your guests feel special is an important part of any successful event. Give them goodie bags; host a meet and greet with the designers, and have cocktails and finger foods before or after the show. Unless you're raising money for charity with your fashion show, however, you should never ask guests to pay to attend.


When did American designers start hosting their own fashion shows?

Starting in the 1970s, American designers began to host their own fashion shows. Before then, it was mostly department stores promoting their merchandise.


What is the average length of a catwalk?

You can make the catwalk as long or as short as you wish. There are also many options for the shape of the runway. It all depends on the size of your space and your preferences.


True or false: Fahion shows usually have at least one full dress rehearsal of the show before the big day.

Before opening night, event planners always organize a full dress rehearsal of the entire show from start to finish. Everything from the the emcee transitions to the production elements is carried out to make sure everyone knows what to do and it all runs smoothly. The models even get practice walking down the runway.


What's the shoe size of the average model?

According to Slate Magazine, the average model wears a size 8 1/2 shoe.


Who is Fern Mallis?

Fern Mallis is the former Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and has been instrumental in the fashion world. She's most famous for her debut of the first Fashion Week in New York's Bryant Park -- a week-long fashion event for American designers -- in 1994.


True or false: Because of the stuffy attitude of many designers, Internet advertising is never used for fashion shows.

Of course fashion shows are advertised on the Internet! The Internet is a great resource, and e-mail marketing and social media Web sites are commonly used to get the word out about fashion-related events.


What's the ideal minimum height for a female fashion runway model?

The ideal height for a female runway model is between 5'8 and 6'0.


What's the ideal minimum height requirement for a male fashion runway model?

The ideal height for a male runway model is between 5'9 and 6'2.


True or false: Most models must be able to fit into the designer's sample size clothing.

Most designers craft their clothes into certain sizes. It's much easier to find a model to fit the clothing than it is to alter the clothing to fit the model.


Which of these ladies is a famous fashion model?

Cindy Crawford and Twiggy are both famous fashion models.


Runway models are sometimes called live models.

The term "live model" is another way of referring to a runway model.


When was the first American modeling agency opened?

The first American modeling agency was opened in 1923 by a man named John Robert Powers.


True or false: Guests are seated by level of importance at a fashion show.

The most important people always have the best seats at a fashion show. This includes photographers, editors, journalists, retailers, celebrities and anyone else who is likely to promote the event.


During the average fashion show, how many times do the models have to change clothes?

Current fashion shows can present up to 40 outfits in one evening. If there are 40 models to wear each outfit, that's great news. However, most shows have half the number of models than outfits, so each model changes clothes at least once.


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