The clock’s ticking closer to DONT WALK 2011 – and as everyone becomes firmly settled into the new semester, we can turn our collective eye to what is, of course, not just a social happening but one of the major charity events on the St Andrews calendar, conflating charitable dedication with bursts of creative fashion energy. Their most recently released photoshoot – featuring the cast of student models engaged in near-nudity, bottle-popping, flame-ignition, fur-clad pizza consumption and general carousing, brought us a step closer to this year’s concept. But we still have a few weeks to wait for the show itself to unravel all its secrets on March 11th. For those eagerly tuned in, here’s a taste of what’s to come: words straight from the model’s mouth as Stephanie Pope talks us through her involvement, Vienna, and the lure of iconic photography.
Could you tell us the basics to start off? What year are you in and what do you study?
I’m in 2nd year and study Art History, Management and Italian. (I’m doing a joint degree in Art History and Management.)
Could you tell us a little bit about how you become involved in DONT WALK?
I was scouted at the Freshers’ Fair.
What was your casting experience like?
Very positive. There was a great atmosphere and they were all kind and relaxed, it was fun!
Have you had any modelling experience before, and if so, how does it compare to DONT WALK?
Yes, I have been in a model agency in Vienna since I finished high school (approximately 2 and a half years ago). I would say the main difference is that you’re working with your friends and peers rather than other models or professionals. In terms of the show itself, it’s obviously a lot more like an actual performance or party than the other shows I’ve been in. I also like the fact that in the end it’s for a good cause, I haven’t modelled for charity in the past and I like it.
What are some of your favorite designers and photographers, and what do you like about them?
I love Alexander Wang, his simple pieces and reinvention of basics. I admire Tom Ford’s work and I think Karl Lagerfeld is extremely talented…I also love the work of Nicholas Ghesquiere and Marc Jacobs. In terms of the old biggies I think Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent were true artists.
I like Jürgen Teller’s work, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel, Corinne Day, Annie Leibovitz and Peter Lindbergh’s iconic ’80s photos…I could go on, haha!
What are you most excited for about the show this year?
I think the excitement of the show itself, but also all the people I’m meeting by being involved!
Can you give us any hints about what St Andrews can expect – any interesting new developments?
Wait and see…
What do you think about St Andrews’ fashion community?
I think sometimes it could be a little more experimental, but I do think there are several interesting projects going on considering how tiny the town is!
Aurora Hayden and Alix Chausson
Image: DONT WALK 2011