I will not hold anyone in suspense, so I will go ahead and say that we didn’t win anything. and I (we) are perfectly happy with that, because last night we witnessed one of the most spectacular things of all time. All I can say is that I am proud to have been a part of a show of this caliber. It was truly spectacular, and again and again I couldn’t help but say “WOW.”
We spent all of yesterday wandering shops and doing nothing, just counting down the time until we could start getting ready for the show. Eventually we went back to our hotel and got ready for the show, putting on our fancy fancy dresses and our Kay Adams necklaces (shameless plug). Then we walked down the street in our fancy fancy dress and got an amazing hot fudge sundae at a Belgian restaurant of similar style to Can Can.
Then we went over to the show where the spectacular display began. In the lobby performers were mingling with the crowd, dancing among them and talking to everyone. There were men wearing rhinestone covered colonial outfits on stilts that wandered through above everyone. Once inside there were sets of dancers all through the 3,000 seat arena, improv dancing on the chairs and in the aisles along with clowns.
Once the lights went down the spectacular began. I can’t even begin to explain the complexity and the beauty of the show; it is beyond anything that the mind could understand. Mel and I sat there in awe, again and again gasping at how unbelievable everything was. A few highlights:
The men’s section, in which a slew of women came out singing “I need a hero” and then twenty male dancers came out in superman costumes. They pushed out an old mini cooper that was covered to look like a disco ball and then flew the car into the center of the stage and used it as a disco ball while twenty more men in glittery silver cowboy outfits came out and danced in the aisles.
Or the Pacific section in which the entire wall behind the models had a giant projection of a man graffiti-ing it, which got progressively more colorful as the set went on until a set of break-dancers came out on stage and did a huge dance with live drummers. Or the children’s section, in which giant vines literally grew from the ceiling and then a child climbed into a giant bird’s nest and flew through the arena in a makeshift ship.
I could go on and on and on about how incredible it was, but it would take hours. Let it just be said that I was so proud to see our pieces on stage in a show of that caliber. The dragon looked amazing and Mel and I were so proud. My set of tent dresses made me cry, they were so beautiful on stage. Watching the show was so inspiring to me, gave me so many ideas and helped me figure out even more of what I want to do and how I want to execute future garments. In two hours the inspiration was endless.
So bravo to us and everyone who has helped us undertake this year of work. It was so worth it, and I’m sad that everyone couldn’t experience the magic that we witnessed last night.
Now we’re in the coffee shop for our final time, chatting with the barista. We have four hours before we have to catch a taxi to the airport and then do thirty hours of traveling. That bit we are not looking forward to. I am so sad to leave this beautiful, welcoming, extraordinary country. It’s been an amazing, wild ride, and I can’t wait to come back. Soon, I hope.
Love from around the world, from both of us.