This is a question we get asked a lot! We do have a lot of favorite models that we use repeatedly but occasionally we do like to add a new girl. Because we have two brands, Cherry Velvet and Diane Kennedy, we do need plus size models and sometimes smaller sizes but generally speaking we prefer to use models that are at least a size large. Most of our models fit our sample size of L or XL, but we would love to find more models with some experience in sizes 0X, 1X and 2X.
For now we use models exclusively in the Vancouver area. If you’re new and would like to try getting into modeling, we suggest booking a photo shoot (or several) with our photographer @Pin-up Perfection Photography. Shimona will not only make you look amazing but she will help you with learning how to pose for the camera. (Please note she will not teach you to be a model, but will help you to get your photos to look amazing) We almost exclusively use models that have worked with Shimona because we know that the shoots will go smoothly. Sure, there could be the odd exception, but not so far.
Please understand that This doesn’t guarantee you will become a Cherry Velvet model but you will still have a gorgeous set of pictures to keep of yourself. Once you have some photos you can send them to us along with your height, bust, waist, hip and shoe size for consideration.
Aside from getting photos it’s a good idea to practice poses and your best smiles for the camera so that when the time comes, you’ll feel comfortable.
Chrissy Noir is one of our newest models and this story is pretty much how she got into modeling. In these pictures she’s wearing a ‘classic’ Cherry Velvet dress called Sabrina. Please look her up on Facebook and show her some love! We do!
We hope this post answered your most of your questions on how to become a Cherry Velvet Model!
XOX Cherry Velvet
It’s a question we get asked a lot by shoppers in our studio. “Is it smaller than a size XL? The answer is, it’s actually one size bigger than an XL. It’s a very important size for our brand to fit those ‘inbetweenies”
Size 0X is really part of a bridge between regular and plus sizes. Because many of our dresses are made from (non stretch) 100% cotton, to correlate to the sizing more commonly available in plus we had to add in an extra size. Traditionally non-stretch sizing increments must be smaller than for stretch to fit the maximum number of people properly.
I first started designing my brands because when shopping and was so frustrated to find clothes that I wanted to buy but that weren’t available in my size. The stores all seemed to only carry up to a size extra large. I remember asking the sales clerk… “Can’t it just come in one more size?”
Aside from being a designer for many years, I’m also a patternmaker and fit technician. Even as the owner of the company, I’m very much hands on with these tasks. It doesn’t matter how pretty a dress is; if it doesn’t fit, no one will buy it. So, fit is critically important to me. Along with pattern making, another important task is called grading which is taking a pattern and making it into all the different sizes.
Before I ever started Cherry Velvet (and my other brand Diane Kennedy), I had been working as a designer/ patternmaker/ grader professionally for many years. I was the first patternmaker at the beginning of what was then a ‘little brand’ called LuluLemon. I remember asking Chip Wilson why he didn’t make a bigger sizes. His answer was….let’s just say…. less than satisfactory.
So at that moment in time, I was extremely frustrated with the absolute lack of my size in the clothes that I wanted to buy. If you follow the series of dress sizes, brands often go from XL to 2XL and then 3XL. But this really doesn’t represent plus sizes accurately. That’s why size 0X is so important; it fills the hole between true regular sizes and true plus sizes. To fit the most people possible it was really important to include this size.
We’ve been doing a lot of checking lately into the sizes that we’re selling online to make sure that were offering enough dresses in the right sizes. When we started to really look at it I have to tell you I was extremely surprised that 0X was not a more popular size. It’s my size and it fits me perfectly!! Ha!
Another way to look at it: 0X is 2 inches bigger than a size XL and 2- 3 inches smaller than a 1X.
So we’re hoping to have cleared up exactly what the heck size 0X really is. If you leave that size out, there’s an enormous gap between regular sizes, up to 5″ and that is why size 0X was born!
XOX Cherry Velvet