Model Citizen

by | Mar 11, 2010 | MUSIC

At 8pm this past Saturday, over two-hundred people could be seen accumulating outside of Gallery5, waiting in anticipation of the immediately s

At 8pm this past Saturday, over two-hundred people could be seen accumulating outside of Gallery5, waiting in anticipation of the immediately sold-out Model Citizen runway event coordinated by Rumors. Seriously, if you got there after 9 pm, you missed out. While the mass of people outside grew, I watched the final run-through of the rehearsal, helping with each obstacle that presented itself, as the stylists from Ceco Studio completed each look.

As the last model literally pushed her way down the catwalk through the dance party of bodies onstage, and the ending measures of Health’s Die Slow triggered a choreographed yet completely authentic rage session, it hit me. Right in the nick of time, it had all finally come together and it was bad-ass. I can only imagine how thrilled event planners Casey Longyear and Tiara Murphy must have felt, considering I had only lent a hand here and there to their monumental efforts, and I, personally, was stoked.


These girl didn’t just put on a fashion show. They stayed late nights, zombie-eyed over cans of pbr, planning out every step that their thirty models took. They scoured the city for sweet shit, gathering talented film-makers, local musicians, artists, and designers for their two-day fash bash. Several local fashion boutiques, that typically don’t “do” fashion shows, lent their clothing to these girls to showcase in a five-segment runway show, which took the audience down the dirty streets, back through time, and into the middle of the party. Most importantly, they managed to convey something completely real. I think you know you’re in Richmond when the model at the end of the runway is slugging a bottle of Jack Daniels. (Don’t worry it was just watered-down Coke).
– Lindsey French

RVA Staff

RVA Staff

Since 2005, the dedicated team at RVA Magazine, known as RVA Staff, has been delivering the cultural news that matters in Richmond, VA. This talented group of professionals is committed to keeping you informed about the events and happenings in the city.




more in music

Sound Check: Fighting Gravity, DIIV, Oddisee, and Upchuck

It is a fantastic week to get lost in music. The docket for this week is looking like nothing but refreshing and fulfilling tunes, absolutely what I need to combat the mood this ungodly and violent heat has presented to our pacifist city. With this lineup there is a...

Chandler, Los Malcriados, & Flight Club: Sound Check

Hello RVA! This weekend the city is going to be popped and packing with some big bills with bigger acts. It is prime time to see the incredibly diverse talent the city is currently providing, along with some exciting out of town acts thrown into the mix. My name is...

Photos From the Strawberry Moon Show at The Camel

Photographer Benjamin Lahoussine captured a killer set by powerhouse shredder punks Strawberry Moon the other weekend at The Camel. Known for their high-energy performances and raw, unapologetic sound, Strawberry Moon delivered. Here are the photos for those that...

Sam Barber, Grails & Burns Burly west: Sound Check

A wild and varied week it will be, with concert goers having to pick their sound of choice this weekend. Down on the Friday Cheers stage comes a rotation of country and folk artists headlined by the increasingly popular sound of Sam Barber, backed up by Jake Kohn and...

3 Bands, 3 Words: Ratfight, Psyop & Cardiel at Cobra Cabana

The night is started off by one of Richmond's newest and proudest quadruplets, Ratfight. I ask the tattooed and mustachioed singer Colter Smalley for a word on their performance. "Fuck," he gives me simply. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWR6-Tgj-YI The group rings...

Photos from the Baroness & Ruby the Hatchet Show

Over the weekend, The Broadberry in Richmond was electrified by powerful performances from Baroness along with Ruby The Hatchet and Final Gasp. The bands delivered a night of heavy rock, leaving the crowd energized and buzzing. Here are the photos for those that...

Topics: