Praise for behind-the-scenes workers
Praise for behind-the-scenes workers

As the last of the models walked off the catwalk at Government House ballroom last night, the hundreds of people who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes of the Perth Fashion Festival breathed a collective sigh of relief.

It took an army of designers, stylists, make-up artists, hairstylists, marketing, PR assistants and volunteers to create the magic that greeted thousands of guests in the past seven days.

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From PFF directors Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan and Tony Sage down to the volunteers, most involved in the festival survived on little sleep - along with caffeine, sugar and adrenaline. But all agreed it was worth every second.

Hairdresser to the stars Brad Ngata, who with his team of L'Oreal experts created the striking hairstyles each night, said he had lost count of how many hairdos they had created but estimated it was about 200.

This was his second PFF and Ngata said his team had become a well-oiled machine.

"In the midst of the flurry and hectic atmosphere, professionalism comes through and adrenaline gets you over the line," he said last night. "It takes an army to create these beautiful swans you see on the catwalk."

Other key players included stylist and PFF designer liaison Chelsey Wayte and the team from Professional Public Relations, which managed the publicity.

Ms Wayte said the feedback from designers had been overwhelming positive.

The West Australian

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