Sometimes as models, we’re told to write a script for the outfit we’re going to model and to send this to the Event Co-ordinator before a show. If we’re lucky a professional may be writing the scripts. If not, we need to be aware of what’s required for reasonable script writing. It’s yet another point which might help when the Event Co-ordinator remembers that XYZ model was good in all areas last time and so might be useful again.
There are a number of ways to script clothing. A lot depends on how long the model is going to be walking on the runway. This, in turn, depends on the length of the runway circuit and how many outfits need to be shown in a certain amount of time. For instance, an example of a long circuit may be when an aspiring model is taking an exam and will be stopping and posing on various parts of the runway to test her/his abilities. A shorter circuit may be at a show where many outfits are to be presented and it’s a short up and down runway with not much time for the audience to read about the outfit and watch the models. With the longer circuits it’s necessary to say more and/or to split up the script into suitable paragraphs. The shorter the circuit, the more need for something snappy and to the point while at the same time still building the fantasy.
So, what do we need to put in a script? Well, a description of the clothing to start with. If the audience at a show sees the models unrezed because of lag, at least we’ve told them a little of what the outfit looks like. It may be that certain sculpties/attachments don’t rez in time for them, either – another reason for a description. Secondly we need to create some sort of clothing fantasy for the audience. By this, I mean that we attempt to create a scenario where the audience might be persuaded to buy the outfit because they can see themselves actually wearing it for some event or other. Or maybe we’ve piqued their interest and it’s something that appeals to them, reminds them of something they’ve dreamed about or read in a favourite novel or seen on the silver screen. This is ‘marketing the product’ and if done successfully it makes the difference between a good script and a great script and, of course, it makes sales.
Here’s an example of a long circuit script written for an exam where the students were told to say something at every pose stop. It’s about as long and rambling as you’ll get in script writing but it does contains some useful pointers.
(Introduction where the model was posing at the curtains)
XYZ is wearing the Young Master outfit designed by BareRose, Tokyo. From their men’s fantasy collection, this stunning outfit comes in a range of colours – blue, gold, red and green – all included in one set and sold at an extraordinarily reasonable price. BareRose have an enviable reputation for producing these sorts of costumes which are made with much care and attention to detail.
(Second pose spot)
Here, the Young Master outfit is shown in the red variety, a beautifully muted brocade highlighted with elements of antique gold in the shoulder, buckle and scrollwork. The leather armbands and obi waist sash have tonal qualities which complement the suit material. Frog fastenings at the collar and chest complete the look.
(Third pose spot)
BareRose is a huge, rambling but ultimately fascinating store which covers many alternative scene outfits – cyber, casual and gothic – in addition to its casual and Japanese range. June Dion has taken the trouble to think about her client’s precious time and made a website which shows every outfit complete with its own landmark that takes one directly to the vendor unit… http://barerose.xeraweb.com/index2.php
(Top pose spot facing VIP members of the audience)
The inspiration for the Young Master outfit comes from historical sources and would have been worn by the samurai warrior class as an informal costume at home, when visiting, and when at leisurely pursuits. BareRose see these costumes primarily for use in fantasy roleplay.
No weapons would normally be carried with this outfit but of course a young samurai is never off duty.
Basically, it’s a lot of description, something nice about the designer (June Dion) and some historical notes which I hoped would create scenarios of where the audience might use the outfit. Note the repetition of the name of the outfit ‘Young Master’ so at least, if nothing else, the audience will remember it when they go to buy the outfit! Even with short scripts it’s a good idea to mention the outfit name somewhere near the start and the finish. If you’re short on descriptive words, open a Thesaurus, and endeavour to make your script stand out. Think of it as an art, as much of an art as styling an outfit is. Your art is in both the description and the fantasy.
Here’s an example of a shorter script, the more usual variety. Just a paragraph but containing descriptive points and a lot of fantasy. This was written for a House of Beningborough show:-
‘Zabela’ is the sort of captivating costume you might wear on a Nile river cruise back in the 1930s, it evokes that period of fashion perfectly and is as spectacular now as it was back then. XYZ wears ‘Zabela’ in black and silver silk. Cleverly designed to flatter, this gown has real film star potential! A bodice of curving stripes – typical Egyptian art deco style – is fitted to the figure as far as the knees where it flares out into a spectacular train of folds and feathers. There’s a matching feathered bustle which balances the outfit perfectly and, together with the headdress, makes for pure glamour. A confident and sensational party winner.
Phew! I really had to restrain myself on that one. But there’s a lot to be said for brevity. The audience’s collective eye is really on the model and they may or may not be receptive to words or voice, so the shorter and more concise the description, the better. In some ways the script pleases the Event Co-ordinator more than the audience! But I jest. A recent Miamai show put on by Avenue Agency was so well scripted that the setting was already laid down by the excellent fantasy story before the models even took a step onto the runway.
Hope this has been useful. If you go to shows and the lag isn’t too bad, try to save some of the descriptions of the outfits to read later. You’ll soon see what makes a good script and then you can begin to emulate the style of writing that you admire the most.