People & Place: The TPFF pre-show team.
The 2017 TPFF (Telstra Perth Fashion Festival) ran from 6-17 September and boy did my eyes open up to how much work goes into pulling off such a mammoth event, here's some of what that looked like. Yeah there's the year long planning and preparation that takes place in the office, but I'm not talking about that (it'd be hard to take prep photos of an event you only heard about when you applied to work it). I'm talking about the running around and behind the scenes action that isn't showcased. The breakdowns, the mix ups, the designers who demand the sun and the moon, the clash of the egos, the volunteers who are sacrificed to complete tedious, meticulous but highly important tasks. Who knew someone actually had to set up the fitting space (where designers, models and their garments come together to be paired before the shows), pick up the hundreds of shoes (kindly sponsored by Betts shoes), set up the clothes rails, tape the shoes, pick up and drop off gear and travel back and forth and back and forth, and back..... again.. Who knew... I missed out on seeing it all come together during the main show week (was in the Maldives, obviously took one for the team), but I did manage to capture the process of bringing all the pieces together.