Catwalk Modeling with Can Can Gown

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Do you still remember the character Giselle in the show Enchanted? I remember watching it a few years back and was captivated by her gorgeous wedding gown that was so fairy-tale like! Big, fluffy and lacy, the dress is so vivid in my memories even until now. But wearing such a big gown is no easy task. I’ve worn similar gowns before and it’s heavy and difficult to manage. Very often, I found myself stepping on my own dress while walking, simply because it’s too long.

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Amy Adams as Giselle in can-can wedding gown (Source)

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Gorgeous wedding gown from Enchanted (Source)

Being a model, one has to be versatile and able to walk in various types of gowns. The three main and most common types of gowns in the fashion world are A-Line gowns, Mermaid gowns and Can-can gowns. Now I have written about how to walk in Mermaid gowns here, so today I shall write about my experience walking with a Can can gown. Can-can or crinoline gowns are worn with a stiff petticoat usually made from a steel structure underneath the dress. This structure is supposed to support the skirt’s shape by making it look almost like a bell.

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Rebecca in her can-can gown

Thankfully, we were taught how to walk with this big can-can gown in our class at Amber Chia Academy. Of course, the fun part was wearing the gorgeous gown at first, and then learning how to walk in it. My first impression? My goodness the gown was heavy! It felt like someone was dragging me down from behind. Coupled with a long tail, it’s difficult to maneuver the gown if we did not do it the right way.

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My purple can-can gown

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Esther Tan was our instructor of the day

Compared to the Mermaid gown, the biggest difference with Can-can gown is that we do not need to use our leg to kick the gown. Instead, we had to use our hands to steer the skirt during posing and turning, to make sure that the tail did not get in our way. Esther Tan was, as always, graceful as ever and taught us the correct technique to walk and pose with the can-can gown, complete with music in the background. During the first few trials, a few of us tend to step on the front of the skirt since it’s rather long, but with more practice and the correct way of walking, we managed to master it beautifully. Here is the video taken during our first class practicing with can-can gown. Enjoy!

Catwalk with Can-can gown

Note: This is Part 6 of a series of Advanced Modeling Catwalk course at Amber Chia Academy. Check out the remaining series here.

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14 Comments
  • November 2nd, 2011 9:44 AM
    Caroline

    whoaaa!!! so lovely!!! :D:D

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  • November 2nd, 2011 9:55 AM
    Glo-w

    I feel like twirling in one~ ^^ but i’d probably fall flat on my face/bum >_<"

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  • November 2nd, 2011 10:29 AM
    Nana Eddy

    I want to wear a can can dress too! huhu~

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  • November 2nd, 2011 3:32 PM
    claire

    My first time wearing can can was during my wedding.. and that was it.. :)

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  • November 2nd, 2011 3:51 PM
    Sean

    phew! thank goodness i’ll never have to wear a can-can gown (i hope!) :D

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  • November 2nd, 2011 3:51 PM
    FiSh

    omg i love the red one! it’s so sharp and crisp looking!

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  • November 3rd, 2011 10:29 AM
    Choi Yen

    Lovely can can gown…

    PS; I love the movie “Enchanted”!

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  • November 3rd, 2011 4:21 PM
    suituapui

    Didn’t lift up and swing-swing left and right…and kicking your legs in the air, netted stockings and all? That is what can can is all about… LOL!!!

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  • November 4th, 2011 2:25 PM
    Yee Ling

    Purple dress…my favourite!!

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  • November 7th, 2011 8:53 PM
    Kavya Hari

    Those dresses are looking pretty-its my point of view.

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  • November 14th, 2011 5:47 PM
    Sarah Wu

    Look at you now, such a pro. :) You can teach me how to walk when I wear my wedding dress heehee

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Anytime my dear! :)

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  • October 16th, 2013 9:36 AM
    Fashion Travels

    wow what’s ur height girl? u look so tall than the instructor! wanted to take this advance modelling catwalk too next year your blog helps a lot!! ESP the videos! is it really allowed to take pics/vid? hehe

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    I’m 1.78m :) Yes I believe you are allowed to take pics in the class. Good luck with your modeling course! :)

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