Ahhh…the dreaded jacket removal. It’s a very precise procedure and not as easy at it looks. Here are a few tips on how to remove a jacket while you are walking the runway.
2) If the jacket has buttons, begin unbuttoning the jacket starting from the bottom when you begin walking down the runway. If you start at the bottom, hopefully you won’t miss any buttons along the way. Make sure you run your hand along the jacket’s line of buttons so you can physically feel with your fingers if you unbuttoned all of them. (Yeah, it takes talent to do this, folks! Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?)
3) Pray that you don’t have to wear bracelets AND remove a jacket.
4) If you have a plain jacket like the one I will be wearing, the way to remove it is to begin “popping” it off your shoulders just before you get to the end of the runway. You “pop” it by quickly arching your back and throwing back your shoulders. The jacket should be down by your elbows while you are entering your turn, and totally off by the time you have completed your turn. You can either walk back carrying it over one shoulder (I personally don’t prefer this…looks too 80’s Barbizon to me,) or just hold it down by your side.
I’ll add a video after Saturday’s show. Hopefully, I will get it right. My only worry is the sticky fabric.
If you have to remove a jacket, look on the bright side…by the time you exit the runway, you will be halfway undressed and ready to make your next change. Believe me, you don’t ever want to miss a change. (Unless, of course, you don’t ever want to work for the client again.)