Runway photography always generates a sense of excitement and anticipation. Walking down to the prime location of Harbourside Darling Harbour Dockside Pavilion (now removed) for the Pacific Runway Fashion event did just that.
Watching the social media reports leading up to the show stating all seats had sold out certainly confirmed this would be a busy event.
This is reasonable large venue, large in the context of it holding about 1200 people over its 1100 sqm of floor space. What added a nice touch and cocoon the vibe was the opaque dome roof.
It was an over cast day in Sydney and unusually sultry for early spring in Sydney, the soft light hitting the dome roof provided ideal shooting light for our early access of 4pm to photograph some of the buzz backstage.
It was definitely buzzing and fairly warm in the make up, wardrobe and change areas. With many staff, make up, hair artist, costume designers and the few photographer who had access to all areas for preparations and rehearsals.
Runway Fashion Photography
Pacific Runway Fashion Event is Australia’s biggest platform for emerging and established artists, with international representatives from Samoa, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Tonga, who joined the many local Pacific region heritage designers and artists.
The event started with a prayer, beautiful singing and then the addition of percussionist entertaining the guests.
Opening the runway show were the plus size designs followed by the emerging artists. This wrapped up the first session, the second show followed a short intermission where the established designers got to impress the dignitaries, VIP and guests.
A selection of photos from the main event and backstage below.