The most successful models in history are renowned for their runway walks. From predator-inspired stomps to laid-back hip swings, each supermodel has perfected archetypal struts, which has catapulted them to international fame and catwalk notoriety.
In fashion, a runway, catwalk or ramp, is a narrow, usually flat platform that runs into an auditorium or between sections of an outdoor seating area, used by models to demonstrate clothing and accessories during a fashion show. In fashion jargon, “what’s on the catwalk” or similar phrasing can refer to whatever is new and popular in fashion.
The term catwalk was established for Runway in relation to narrow bridges used for construction. With the narrow platform structure, models walked with extreme caution and poise to avoid any falling or running into other models. Because of their graceful stature and careful walking, many referred to the runway as the catwalk, reminding them of the same grace and poise mimicking a cat’s natural walk.
Although it is important for models to have his or her own modeling styles that differs from another in order to create a lasting unique impression in the eyes of there fans still there are some basic Must-follow steps that’s require for catwalk.
Apart from the regular catwalk rule of keeping your face straight , Place one foot in front of the other and walk with long strides, which will allow your hips to swing from side to side in that classic model way and if you are doing male style modeling, you do not have to place one foot directly in front of the other, instead, you can walk more naturally with your feet placed more side by side than one foot in front of the other. There are still some styles attached specifically for a particular type of walk in a particular occasion.
Below are the major catwalk stlye for different occasions;
- Catwalk for pageantary: wearing your princess gown comes with inbuilt royalty and charisma, grace and attitude. In that respect, the runway walk when wearing your royal gown should much slower than the usual catwalk style. You also don’t bounce as much (meaning you don’t lift your knees to high as with catwalk) Don’t shake your shoulders or turn fast, your walk is about showing that you are classy, you don’t need to try to hard. Your walk should be confident and graceful, filled with a high level of elegance and self esteem. It is also accompanied with a big pure smile, one you did put on during your very special days. The type of gown also determine your walk. If you are going to wear a straight gown, your hands should fall by your sides with your left hand touching your left hips side and right hands moving forward and vice versa. If it’s a flare or balloon gown your hand should be placed on her waist whilst you catwalk. Also if it’s a gown one hand should be placed on your waist whilst the other falling at your side and touching your hip as you catwalk. This type of catwalk is also used when modeling a bridal gown.
Swimsuit illustration walk
- The manner you walk when putting on a swimsuit is quite different when wearing a your pageantary princess gown. Swimsuit catwalk comes with a little bounce and it’s faster than the earlier. It is also accompanied by a little play or fun, smiling with attitude like the Victoria’s secret models.
Causual Clothing runway walk
- Casual clothing includes shirt, top, trousers, gown and other clothings that does not include the more elaborate bridal royal designs. The speed is usually moderate and mostly accompanied with a straight face like the one you wear when taking your modeling Polaroids. It is also less bouncing. The type of pose you show depends on the cloths design and accessories attached.
Above all, your attitude, charisma and style is the key tract to been recognised and remembered.
Cheers on your modeling path!
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