The Secret Life Of A Fittings Model…part one


The Secret Life Of A Fittings Model…part one

 

When I am not modelling or acting I have a weird secret job that no one outside the industry really understands. I am a fittings model.
It is a weird world. I get paid to try on clothes. Simple as that.
Below I have listed a few funny home truths that you tend to experience in this secret part of the fashion industry that you may not know much about.

{side note: I have been fitting for ten years now and I absolutely love my fittings jobs and everyone I have and do fit for.
This is not a negative article, simply a few fun facts. I will not be naming names xx}

 

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Fittings Model:
A model that has clothes fitted on them. You are the perfect size for a specific company.

Garment Technician:
The people that make the clothes fit you.

 

1. You will be stabbed numerous times
It is inevitable that you will be continuously stabbed and scratched with pins and safety pins.
Garment technicians are very rushed with their time and through no fault of their own they often forget you are a human.
Don’t blame them though, they have a busy schedule and probably thought, for a brief moment that you were just the mannequin.
When fitting trousers, it is common for the trouser leg to be pinned all the way down the back of the leg to achieve the right fit.
Once, whilst fitting a white pair of jeans I was pinned all the way down the leg. I took said trousers off, sliced (scratched) my legs and bled all over the trousers, whoopsy.

 

2. You may get a free haircut
I was once having a coat fitted on me and the hood was too tight over head. The garment tech then cut into the hood to make it looser.
I then watched a small chunk of my hair fall in slow motion to the floor.
I cried inside for a month.

 

3. You will share your lunch with everyone
When in a fitting, you have to be very open to sharing small spaces with those fitting on you.
The close proximity you will encounter is similar to that on a crowded rush hour tube at Oxford Circus in the peak of the summer holidays.
If you or the garment technician had tuna or onion soup for lunch, the other will definitely be eating those scented particles with you for the rest of the fitting.
Be kind to your colleagues and stick to plain rice and lettuce.

 

4. A million people are going to see you in no more than a thong
You can not have any inhibitions.
You will, without a doubt only have your thong to cover your modesty 50% of the time.
When fitting high fashion lines, you are likely to fit in just a thong, no bra.
A lot of the collection (in the early stages) will be made in thin see-through fabric.
Did I forget to mention you will also be in a room of at least 8 people.
These people will be examining the clothing you are wearing but you feel as if they are just staring at your nipples.

 

5. You will wear the most unsexy underwear
Never ever let your man see you in your fittings underwear.
Model underwear is and always will be a nude thong or panties and a nude bra.
You will feel and very much look like an elderly Bridget Jones.
**Top Tip: Do not buy expensive underwear.
It is common to have your underwear drawn on with a sharpie or tippex and/or sliced with scissors.
If you have a denim fitting session your knickers will turn blue. Even your bath turns blue when you have your evening soak.

 

6. Your changing facilities will not represent the personal shopping suite at Victoria’s Secret
I have fitted for about 30 different fashion houses and can only recollect two of those having carpetted flooring.
Among those companies, only five of them had a permanent fittings changing room.
My favourite companies to work for are those that have a fluffy dressing gown and slippers for their model.
These companies are the angels of the fittings world.

 

7. You will know how many millimetres big or small you are EVERYWHERE
You will be regularly measured to within a millimetre and you will slowly learn these measurements by heart.
You will know if your boobs are too high or your hips 1cm too wide or even that one shoulder is higher than the other.
You will learn not to care…just remember you are being paid a lot of money to try on clothes!

 

8. You will never feel less like a model
As a fit model you are meant to be a representative to all the women nationwide.
The “models” who are on the catwalk are there to show the designers garments in their best light by not clinging to the body but draping as if on a human clothes hanger.
You will regularly hear, “well on the model (not meaning you) it was much looser”, “on the actual models” …etc etc etc, blah blah blah.

 

9. You will conflict the seasons
It is very common that you will fit winter coats in the peak of summer and bikinis on the snowiest days of the winter months.
I am not sure what is better, trying on coats and feeling as if you may faint from the heat, or turning blue from trying on swimwear in December?

 

10. Your feet will burn with pain
You will often be booked for an eight hour fitting.
Your feet will 100% feel as if they are broken and will only recover at 8:55 the next morning before you walk in the office for the next day of tootsie torture.
I am still yet to discover the perfect pair of comfortable black heels. If you have found them, please let me know.

 

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Recommended London Fittings Modelling Agents
Fittings Division
Fit 4 Fashion

 

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10 Comments

  1. Steve
    January 15, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    Hi, was actually reading the Mail article they published on your jean experiment, whilst they all looked just fine (from a guy’s point of view, nice jeans and heels on an attractive woman would normally not draw them into the written word), glad to see M&S came out well in looks, fit and price.
    Even read your blog since they linked it and now I know a fittings model has nothing to do with changing light bulbs, more power to you, normally a Mail article promises snow, rain and imminent extinction but yours brought a little sunshine.

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:46 am

      Hi Steve,
      Thank you very much for your kind comment. It is lovely to hear that I could bring a little sunshine to someones life 🙂
      Have a lovely day, Megan

  2. November 21, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Erm, are you the most gorgeous human on earth?! Such an interesting read but seriously, stunning.

    I fully appreciate this may come across incredibly creepy haha, I promise I’m not.

    Subscribed 🙂

  3. November 5, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Hi Megan,
    My name is Svetlana, I am also a fitting model. I just wanted to say, that I loved your article!! It is a perfect description of what it is in a fun way!
    I had a N 4 happening this week, revealing my thong to the whole room full of directors board and designers in a secection meeting! Even though I’ve been also doing it for a long time, and we all know each other for over 6 years, it was still was funny and it’s kind of “cheered” everyone up… and turned me “red” for a moment!
    Anyway! Once again – great, fun article!
    Thank you 🙂
    With warm regards
    Svetlana x

    • November 7, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Hi Svetlana, Thank you for your lovely comment.
      It’s a funny fittings world isn’t it. No4 took a while to get used to but now I don’t care 😛
      x

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