Whenever clothes are designed, they have to go through various processes that take the designer clothes from the simple concept to the unique product. This is the main reason why you never want to take off your clothes because you like them the most. But, before finalizing the fitting, a fit model plays an important role in making all the fitting decisions.
A fit model is a behind-the-scenes model who primarily tests drive clothing for a designer. Acting as a live mannequin, he or she is capable to help a company’s design team see how the garment looks and moves on a real, live person. Fit modelling is not as glamorous as, say, fashion modelling because you will never appear in a fashion photo shoot or a runway show but many models find it satisfying to work side-by-side with the people who make fashion a reality.
Fascinated? Here are a few basic necessities to get a job as a fit model.
Have a Well-Proportioned Body With Industry Standard Measurements
First and the most important, all fit models should have well-proportioned physiques that meet industry standard dimensions. For female models, clients usually look for someone 5’4’’ to 5’9’’ with dimensions of 34-26-37. For male fit models, clients normally prefer a height of 6’1’’ or 6’2’’ with dimensions of 39-34-39. These numbers represent a typical fit model.
Definite numbers may differ from client to client, as everyone’s needs are different. Plus, there is also a demand for children’s, teen, petite, plus size, and even maternity fit models!
Have a Flexible Schedule
Fit modelling is not a 9–5 job. Shifts may vary from week to week completely depending on the season and the number of samples that are ready to fit, and you may have to work on an “on-call” basis.
So, you need to have flexible weekly schedules!
Be Physically and Mentally Strong
A designer will ask you to stand still for the extended periods of time while they pin, cut, pull and stretch the clothes into perfection, or walk around to give the designers a better idea of how the garment moves. You may even have to pretend to get into a car, dance up a storm, sit at a desk, or pretty much anything that a real customer would do. And because fittings typically last anywhere from 3–5 hours, you need to be in good physical shape to get the job done right.
Be Able to Work with an Audience
If you’re the shy type who isn’t comfortable getting dressed or undressed in front of others, then fit modelling might not be the best job for you. Designers and garment technicians will want to see how easily you can get in and out of a garment in order to detect small technical errors, like a zipper being too short or armholes being too cosy to comfortably slip into.
Be Knowledgeable About Fit and Fashion Trends
Fit models aren’t simply living mannequins. Their duty is to put themselves in the customer’s shoes so as to provide the designers with valuable feedback about the fit, feel and movement of the garment.
Is it comfortable? Is the fabric too irritating and rough? Can you raise an arm without ripping a seam? Do the shoulders pull? Does it ride up too high (or too low) during everyday activities? These small details can make or break a garment, so you must be an excellent communicator who is comfortable expressing your opinions to the customer.
If you don’t have an official fashion background or any design experience, it’s a good idea to take a few courses to learn the basics. The more you have the knowledge about what goes into making a garment, the better feedback you’ll be able to give. And that, of course, means you’ll be hired and rehired time and time again.
Have the Right Connections
As with the every type of modelling, the more experience you have, the better chance you’ll have of making it in the industry. By submitting your photos to a trustworthy and reputable model scouting agency, such as Modelling Agencies Mumbai, you’ll be seen by the world’s top modelling agencies.
It’s a safe, authentic, and affordable way to make the connections you needs to kick-start your fit modelling career.