In fashion, a runway, catwalk or ramp, is a narrow, usually flat platform that runs into an auditorium or between sections of an outdoor seating area, used by models to demonstrate clothing and accessories during a fashion show.
Any successful Ramp Walk Model will have these three important attributes – poise, attitude and confidence. Known by different terms, ‘Ramp Walk’, ‘Catwalk’ and ‘Runway’ these techniques evolved to showcase contemporary fashion trends by Models wearing the latest creation by designers and showing them off to the best possible effect.
“Dresses don’t look beautiful on hangers.” – Amit Kalantri. Yes, while hangers and mannequins don’t do full justice to the designer’s creativity, Ramp Walks certainly do.
“Life is a catwalk and brings us into the limelight of human and social interaction. It teaches us to watch sympathetically, listen responsively, and feel united with the world around us –
Erik Pevernagie. Training to be a Ramp Walk Model, not only offers promising opportunities in the fashion and glamour industries, but also enhances an individual’s sense of confidence in real life.
Be it in the work place, or in public, walking with style, poise and confidence helps the individual gain a better opinion from others. It can also help you gain new friends and
admirers , besides being more successful in job interviews.
For international Ramp Walk Models, height and body shape matter the most. The standard minimum height for a top-end fashion model is 5’9” for women and over 6” for men. The shortest internationally known and recognised top-end catwalk model is Kate Moss at 5′6”.
In the Indian context, these rigid restrictions don’t always apply and it is perfectly possible for shorter statured individuals to rise to the top.
So Ramp Walk techniques need not restrict a model to the fashion scene. In fact, they can serve as a basis to enhance confidence and emerge successful at work, socially and the world at large
By sanjay asrani – Leading fashion Choreographer, Actor & a Model.