Modeling Terminology – Terms that every newbie model should know
Every profession comes with its jargon and the language that we need to be aware of to understand things in the business in the day-to-day working. Young aspiring models must know such words and what they mean so that they can focus more on their work rather than wondering what is being asked for. Below are listed a few of the words that are prevalent in the modeling world that you ought to know if you are soon to become a part of the fashion world.
A headshot where the focus is on your face, beautiful makeup, and decent hairstyle. Not over-accessorized and the only things highlighted are your face, skin texture and tone, also the jawline, sharp nose, brows, and other features.
The portfolio, the model’s book is a book of photos.
High-end fashion is a French word for high fashion
A marketing tool for actors and models. People call it Zed card or Sed card. It has the best and most recent photos of the model’s portfolio. Also, Models typically use it as a business card.
It is a test shoot that the models are called for, can be conducted by agencies or privately. The test shoots are generally paid for by the models, where they get to test out various styles and shots from different angles to get to know what suits them best and for their model books.
It is a torn-out page from a magazine or catalog or any other prints that the model has worked for.
The word suggests. Hence, it is the statistics of the model, their measurements height, waist, bust, hips. But those are for the female models. Also for the male models, it’s chest, waist, height. That is the compulsory information.
The model book is quite elaborate. Also, You can not carry it everywhere and at all times. Hence the mini-book is a smaller version of the actual model book that can be sent to clients. Almost archaic now.
The Company that represents models and helps them get clients and book jobs.
The first agency that got you jobs that lead to your big break, might be an agency or an individual. Models are allowed to sign with multiple agencies but there is only one mother agent, they are the ones who will help you in the long haul and not just hand out temporary jobs.
It can mean various things but cutting down to the chase, it means where you can sell your work, be it geographically that means the fashion industry market about different cities, New York, Milan, Paris, LA, London. Or the category your work falls into. Also, The plus market, petite market, fashion market, commercial market, or print market.
The age range that a particular model falls into.
Once a model has auditioned at some agency or for some client, a call back is when the agency calls again to make the final decisions.
A list of things that are on the model’s schedule to be done throughout the day.
The money that the models charge for a full day’s work
Models try out clothes before a shoot, walk, or a fashion show to see how the clothes. To see whether the clothes fit or they need any alterations.
It is a compilation of photographs of the models wearing a particular designer. Also, of a particular brand sent out to clients or editors to display the season’s look.
Therefore, Some abbreviations that the industry use that might come up is listed as well.
- A/W- Autumn/Winter
- F/W – Fall/Winter
- FW- Fashion Week
- MW- Men’s Wear
- AAFA – American Apparel and Footwear Association
- AAMA- American Apparel Manufacturer Association
- AL- Affordable Luxury
- CFDA – Council of Fashion Designers in America
- FF- Fast Fashion
- FIT – Fashion Institute of Technology
- NBC- Names Brand Clothing
- NYFW- New York Fashion Week
- PPS- Pre Production Sample
- TXT- Textiles.