Ronnie Omar Nery, BFA Knitwear Design and current Sister City Scholarship Exchange recipient at Studio Berçot, sent us an about his adventures at Vivienne Westwood’s Paris show.
Here is his e-mail testimony as a pseudo Paris Fashion Week model:
You guys, I am having the time of my life! I’m such a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood, so I pretended to be a dresser and I got in to her show! Next thing I know, the producer is yelling that they need a stand in for the runway rehearsal because they are missing a model. Of course, I volunteer. As I am walking down the 50 meter runway with the lights on me and cameras going, I see Vivienne in the front row. She is staring at me like, ‘Who is this ghetto boy walking the runway with my models?’ I give her a wink and a little bow and she smiles. I ended up walking the runway 4 times for the rehearsal.
Vivienne finally comes backstage and I say, “I hope that I strutted my stuff good enough for you!” She laughs and I say, “I don’t know if you remember me from when you came to my school in San Francisco about 4 years ago — I asked you a question.” She says, “Oh the Academy — How is Gladys?” and then “How is Rob?”
It was a great night and I got some contacts with her company as well as some of the models. Thank you guys again for all your help and support to get me here!