c2002 Painting and photo by Mark Greenawalt
|No one covers the Scottsdale club scene and fashion trends like the
one-year-old magazine, 944. To celebrate it's first anniversary, the
publication held a huge party and fashion show that incorporated models from
both the Ford and Leighton modeling agencies. The event was originally
slated to take place in a hanger at Scottsdale Airpark, but things didn't
quite go as planned in securing the proper licenses. The party had to
be relocated and it's new home became Sanctuary Nightclub. The airplane theme remained
and the title of the event remained FLIGHT 944.
Jacqueline, the fashion editor of 944 magazine, invited me to be a part of the event by having me bodypaint two models who would be the focus of the fashion show. My immediate choices for models were Alison and Khani Hardin, both of which have extensive runway experience and both of which are absolutely stunning. I was surprised that they both were available and interested in being a part of the event and I was very pleased with the results. Also joining the bodypainting team were make-up artist Dori Randall and photographer Don Crossland. Dori did a fantastic job of giving Alison and Khani a "sex-kitten" make over.
For the bodypainting motif I opted to go with a flight attendant outfit of my own design. I researched flight attendant uniforms from around the world and found several common threads. The main one's being scarves, button-up tops, and skirts. My design incorporated real scarves and skirts, but the tops were nothing but paint. I used Badger Airbrush's Totally Tattoo paint for the black and white portions of the top. The white was airbrushed and the black was applied with a conventional brush. The blue is actually liquid latex by Deviant that was applied with a sponge brush. Once the blue latex was dry, the top was dusted with Deviant's metallic Stardust. The outfits were embellished with glued-on wings and for the show, 944 was painted on each model just below the wings. For added sex appeal, the tops were made to look buttoned down all the way and the original intent was to add real buttons to the uniform, but in short, it just wasn't meant to be.
For the fashion show, Khani and Alison were escorted to pedestals and began the show by performing the flight attendant in-flight safety checklist. They were given props (airplane card, seatbelts, and the oxygen masks) to demonstrate while the MC gave the typical speech. For the rest of the show they remained up on their pedestals while the fashion show proceeded. They were great sports about having to stand and be ogled by the packed house while the lengthy show wore on.
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Additional photos by Don Crossland of www.sexycrazycool.com
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