Last year’s DfT finalist Camilla Salgaard keeps on going! She just recently took on a long journey: to Canada!
Camilla made her way to present her applauded black-collection out of Europe to Vancouver, Canada. She has been invited to present her collection during the international day of Vancouver Fashion Week – Canada’s premier fashion event presenting up-and-coming as well as established designers. Always on the hunt for the world’s next hot designers that have been spotted all around the globe in various countries and on various shows. This was, when they kept an eye on Camilla Salgaard and the collection she presented during the award show last July. And this is, where the great story begins.
“I know that some people of Vancouver Fashion Week knew my work already. They had been following my career and that the head of the Fashion Week, Jamal Abdourahman, was wishing to have designers from all over the world in the shows”, Camilla answers on asked how the invitation to the show came about. And as a matter of fact, she was one of the lucky ones to be selected for the international catwalk. Probably, her scandinavian design – minimalist but with a great approach to detail – made her stand out as it already did when the Jury Board and patron Marc Jacobs chose her to be one of the DfT’s Top 5 in 2012.
Saturday, March 23, was the day of the international show. Seats were full and the audience was excited. Showtime for Camilla! In accordance to the music, the first model stepped on the catwalk and paced up and down the runway, stopping at the end until model number two joined her. Perfectly synchronous they walked back. With model number three, everything fastened up and the models came down the catwalk more dynamic and with a static movement. “My collection is feminine but also fairly dramatic, so I wanted the choreography to match this. My idea was to create a graceful and eye-catching beginning of the show by having the two first models walking in slow motion. Then, I wanted to increase the power of the show gradually by having the rest of the models walking fast paced to the beat of the music”, Camilla explains the idea of the show.
Camilla did all the planning herself – from running order to choreography. But she got great support from the team of Vancouver Fashion Week. On Tuesday, March 19, the up-and-coming designer participated in the Opening Gala, where all of the designers have been introduced to the press. During the rest of the week, she was busy with preparations: for example searching for the right music with the DJ and fitting with the models. “I had every model lined up and walking a catwalk for me, after which I got to choose the models I liked”, Camilla remembers “I also had a rehearsal where I got to try my already planned choreography to my music, which confirmed to me I had made the right choice in relation to choreography and music.” Ready and set for the show! “Everything went smoothly and I was very satisfied with the show. The show had the vibe I was searching for and I got such good response afterwards. I could not be happier!”
Vancouver Fashion Week was another amazing experience for Camilla Salgaard and the DfT has helped her to such great success!