Fashionable Perse student is in Vogue at London Fashion Week
13 Feb 2019
Picture courtesy of Liam Hodges
Styling and picture: Callum Baylis
Callum Baylis (Upper Sixth) can definitely claim to be a model student after strutting his stuff on the catwalk at London Fashion Week and appearing in Vogue.
A career in couture is the dream for Callum and he was thrilled to be given the chance to take to the runway at one of the fashion world’s biggest events. He made his modelling debut in the LFW spring/summer show of designer John Lawrence Sullivan last year and recently returned to LFW to model Liam Hodges’ latest pieces in the autumn/winter event.
Callum explained: “For the John Lawrence Sullivan show, I was cast through Instagram by an agent. He asked me to send him some head shots and then I headed down to a casting call where they take more head shots and try you in the outfits to see if they like you. Luckily they did and then invited me to take part in the show.
“I got there three hours before the show for hair and make-up and to prepare. You do a walk-through where you practise and the build-up was very intense. I was very nervous doing it, but once you get on with the actual show, you relax and forget about everything and just do it. The intense emotions of doing it only hit you afterwards.
“I’m very proud to have been involved in the shows and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to take part in them.”
Both the John Lawrence Sullivan and Liam Hodges shows appeared in Vogue and Callum was elated to see his image appear on the iconic fashion magazine’s website.
He said: “Being one of the websites I often look at in terms of runway collections and stories, it was a shock to see myself in Vogue.”
However, Callum is just as keen to be on the other side of the catwalk. He has been offered a place at the University of the Arts London to study fashion management, and has also applied for a place on the UAL’s fashion styling and production course.
A devotee of Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons and Masataka Hattori, Callum said his interest in fashion begun with trainers and streetwear before branching into top name designer clothing.
He said: “In the future, I want to work as a stylist for a brand or help with creative production or something similar.
“If I don’t get into UAL this year, I’ll also look for opportunities of internships with other brands, such as Vivienne Westwood, which will hopefully give me a foot in the door to get a career.”