Monday, May 2, 2011

My 'Teenage Dream' came true last week

OK, not quite. My real teenage dream was to work at a Motley Crue or Bon Jovi concert, however last week I worked in a job I never imagined I would do. I worked as an assistant in Katy Perry's wardrobe department at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

When I got the email, I admit I did'nt know much about Katy Perry but after being lucky enough to see her show in between working, I can say with honesty, I am a fan. Whether her music is or is not to your taste, two things are for sure, she can sing live and she puts on a great show.

So what did I do at Rod Laver? I arrived on Monday morning, with my sewing machine in hand and was introduced to Su, Erin and local dressmaker, Alicia. Gaby from Hopeless Lingerie also came in and helped us for one day which was fun.

Alicia and I sewed labels into costumes and did repair work when we were asked to, while Su worked on both Katy and her entourage's costumes and Erin, who also worked on the costumes focused on what she is Queen of - bling! Never in my life had I seen so many Swarovski crystals and jewels it was awesome! Half way through my time with the girls, I learned that Erin Lareau specialises in bling and costume design, among her many other talents. Take a look at her website here and her CV here, they're so impressive.

Thursday was show day and I started to get nervous and excited. We pressed and steamed costumes and got them ready for the dancers. Once our jobs were done, we were permitted to watch some of the show from the sidelines and I have to say, seeing a full Rod Laver from the side of the stage was a little daunting at first, but once the show started and we had to be ready to work, the screams and cheers seemed to disappear and my focus was on doing my job.

Naturally, we were not permitted to photograph any of the costumes, but I got permission to take a close up photo of her 'cupcake skirt'.

It was a very exciting week and I feel so honoured to have spent a week working with Su and Erin and I am grateful of the friendship I have formed with Alicia from Melbourne too!


Gaby said...

What an experience! So jealous you got to spend the week there - I can honestly say my one day was one of the most exciting experiences of my life!

Gaby xoxoxo

Jodie said...

Wow, Peta! What a well-earned, 'luck break'. Sounds like it was a blast. Well done!

petapledger said...

Thanks Jodie. I was just a helper, but it was so much fun!

nikkishell said...

I'm not a fan of hers but it sounds like it was great fun.

CurlyPops said...

What a cool job!
I'm not a fan either, but just imagine if it was INXS in the 80's and you were repairing Michael Hutchences leather pants. Swoon!

sewnbysaliba said...

wow!! lucky duck to be able to have such an amazing experience! I just love looking at those cupcakes close up - what detail!!!

petapledger said...

It was amazing, no detail was spared on any of the costumes. The designer, Johnny is a very talented man. :)

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That was a visual treat!

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