The Model Scouts

The Model Scouts

Episode 2

RTÉ's The Model Scouts, RTÉ Two, November 9, 9pm - 12 girls, 8 weeks, 1 winner

IN WEEK 2, the 12 girls will attend a fashion boot camp in Carton House and put on an exclusive runway show.

Caitriona Balfe
IMG Model
Runway Mentor at Fashion Booy Camp

caitriona baCaitriona was born and raised in Co. Monaghan, Ireland and now splits her time between homes in LA and NYC. She was studying theatre at university in Dublin, when she was discovered. She has since become Ireland's most successful international model working with all the major photographers like Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier and appearing in the top fashion magazines like Vogue and Elle. She also has a very successful catwalk career, having walked the runways for Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Chanel, Chloe, Cavalli, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Givenchy, Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Valentino, Miu Miu and many more.

Model Scout David Cunningham was delighted to introduce the 12 girls to an Irish runway star in episode 2, where the girls attended Fashion Boot Camp 'Its amazing that she's quite a big star outside of Ireland and now she's come back to do this show with us and mentor these young girls who are only schoolgirls who are trying to learn how to walk and they have this walking superstar coming home to help them."

Caitriona met the girls and shared her own modeling experiences with them. Afterwards she gave each an individual master class in walking the runway. Caitriona believes that conquering the runway is a very important part of making it big in modeling 'I think runway can really make or break your career, it's definitely what made my career. I mean fashion editors are watching you, all the photographers are watching you, all the other designers. Off the back of shows you get campaigns, get to shoot editorials with photographers and that leads to money coming in and that's what you're there for. You do that job and you get paid'

caitriona baFollowing the mentoring sessions, Caitriona was quite surprised at how well the girls did, considering it was the first time for most of them 'They were fantastic. One or two of them had never walked before and today was one of their first times walking on a catwalk. It sounds, seems so silly - it's just walking - but its nerve wracking and seems like a whole different thing'

Caitriona attended the exclusive fashion show along with Jeni and David and watched as the girls took their first steps in public as runway models. Caitriona thinks this is a huge opportunity for them to learn and make mistakes early, as the set-up is exactly as it is on any fashion show 'Here we have the exact replica of a real fashion show that you would see in Milan, Paris or New York. They have full hair and make-up, they have great stylist and all the lighting and everything's brilliant. They are only doing it for 2 people and you don't always get a second chance and if you show up to somebody and you make mistakes - you might not ever get to see them again. So at least here, they get a chance to learn and grow before they ever have to go and see a client. I think that will stand to them and really do them justice later on'

Caitriona recently started to pursue her dream of being an actor and has already appeared in The Devil Wears Prada in which she played a 'clacker' and the film Three Days in Dublin. She thinks that the 12 girls featuring on The Model Scouts have struck gold taking part in the series 'I think they have been given an incredible opportunity, they are meeting with top agents and top people in the industry who are going to be able to give them advice and before they even get out there and meet their first client, give them all this wealth of information and I think it's going to serve them'

Sonya Lennon
Stylist And Fashion Show Director

caitriona baSonya Lennon is widely regarded as one of Ireland's top fashion stylists, having established a reputation for creative excellence over almost twenty years. She has become a household name since taking the helm at RTÉ's Off The Rails alongside Brendan Courtney. She recently produced a Dais A/W10 fashion film, to showcase highlights of international Irish fashion, including pieces from John Rocha and Tim Ryan.

Sonya has a wide range of experience in the fashion industry and not least in her work as a costume designer for stage and screen, credits include Adam and Paul and Garage. She has also styled for magazines, advertising and has produced and directed many fashion shows.

Sonya joined our 12 girls at Fashion Boot Camp in Carton House to help prepare them for their exclusive fashion show for Jeni and David and which Sonya styled and directed. Having spent some time with them she was relieved to find that there wasn't a prevalence of fake tan! Overall she found them an impressive group 'You can really sense in them the enthusiasm and excitement. If they are into it, then it's fun. That's one of the misconceptions about the fashion industry, that its populated by bitches, back stabbing. People love being in fashion, its great fun, surrounded by clothes and girls - its great'

Sonya first spoke to the girls about the job of modelling and how it's all about the designers and what they want and that their job as models, is to sell the clothes they are given 'I want to make them realise that its not about them, their likes or dislikes. You have to inhabit the designers world and be what they want you to be. Whether you like it or not, is practically irrelevant' To help the girls understand these basic principles of modelling, she took them shopping for clothes that they would normally never wear and get them to embrace the look and sell it 'When we were trying on and putting the outfits together- we did it mirrorless. So it was very much about them dealing it on a psychological basis, feeling these new clothes and it was quite a reach for them, completely out of their comfort zone and wearing clothes they would never dream of wearing'

As well as helping the girls embrace the core job of the model, Sonya was also the Stylist and Runway Director for the Fashion Show at Carton House. Sonya decided to showcase 4 Irish designers for the event: John Rocha, Mia O'Connell, Tim Ryan and Joanne Hynes. It meant that each girl would have a quick changeover half way through. Before the show, Sonya was as excited as the girls 'I'm dying to see them strut their stuff, this is the culmination of everything they've learnt, but part of a much bigger journey for some of them'

After the show, Sonya couldn't have been happier with the girls 'I tell you they'd wipe the floor with some girls I know.They did us proud, they meant it, and you could tell'

Gordon Goodwin,
Irish Photographer

Gordon Goodwin was born in Dublin and is one of our top photographers. His work has been commissioned by magazines such as Marie Claire, The Times, The Independent, Tatler, Social & Personal, Image, Candy and The Gloss.

He has advertising work includes features for - Harvey Nichols, Vodafone, Guinness, Meteor, Brown Thomas, Tony & Guy, Adidas, EMI, Lee Jeans, AIB, Avoca and Loaded Dice Management.

Irish Designers Showcased In Fashion Show In Programme 2

Mia O'Connell
Mia O'Connell is a promising new talent on the Irish fashion scene. A recent graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design, Mia pulled off the impressive feat of going from being a fashion student to a retailing designer in just over six months. The first collection was promptly snapped up by the prestigious Design Centre in Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and with Elaine Curtis in Carlow.

Joanne Hynes
Joanne Hynes graduated in 2001 with an MA in Women's wear from London's Central Saint Martin's College. The Joanne Hynes label was officially launched in October 2003 and her work has since been shown at Fashion Week in Paris, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The label has been featured in The International Herald Tribune, Fashion Wire Daily, Vogue, Elle, The Sunday Times Style, Dazed & Confused, Wallpaper, L' Official, Harpers & Queen, The Guardian, Glamour, In Style, and I-D.

In 2005, she developed a range of clothes for Topshop, that was sold in their Dublin outlet and the flagship store in Oxford Circus, London. In February 2006, Ireland's luxury Department store, Brown Thomas, awarded Joanne 'Brown Thomas Irish Designer of the Season'. Her collection is available in Brown Thomas and selected stores in Ireland and Dubai.

Tim Ryan
Tipperary-born Tim Ryan is based in London. He studied sculpture at the Limerick School of Art and Design. His interest in shape and structure is reflected in his knitwear designs. Tim has previously been a judge and mentor for the Nokia Young Designer competition. His collection is available at Elaine Curtis in Carlow, Juju in Greystones, Les Jumelles in Galway and Samui in Cork.

John Rocha
With a career spanning more than 20 years in the fashion industry, John Rocha has developed his own distinctive style, constantly working and improving each season with new fabrics, techniques, and design. An award-winning designer, 1994 saw John earning the prestigious title 'British Designer of the Year' and in 2002 John received a 'Commander of the British Empire' (CBE) in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the fashion industry. In 2007, John opened his own John Rocha store on Dover Street, London.
His collection is available at Havana, Donnybrook

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