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Runway Etiquette

In a sea of beautiful and talented people, what sets many models apart from others is how they conduct themselves on set.

Runway model walking the runway at fashion week.
Photo by Chuck Mason

While there is often a lot of downtime involved in runway shows, you can't forget that you're at work. It's easy to let your attention slip, especially when you want to catch up with model friends that you may not have seen in a while, but you should always be on point, professional, and ready to work.

See below for some tips on runway model etiquette!

  • Read your call sheet and know what you need to bring, where to go, and your contact person.

  • Have your model bag packed with everything the designer requested you to bring, plus all the other essential items you need for the day.

  • Know the schedule for the day & be where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there.

  • Be on time- which means be at least 10 minutes early!

  • Introduce yourself to your hairstylist and makeup artist, & get their socials so you can tag them on social media later.

  • Introduce yourself to your dresser & styling team if you have one.

  • Do not eat, drink, sit, use the restroom, or touch-up makeup in the designer's clothing.

  • After rehearsal and after the show, do not leave the designer's garments just lying around- hang them back up in the place it was before you put them on.

  • If you have any accessories, hand them directly to your designer/dresser when you remove them. Don't just leave them sitting somewhere where they could get lost.

  • Before you leave for the night, make sure you have all your things and check that there isn't anything else your designer needs from you. Also make sure to, thank them for having you in the show.


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