Mario Dismont comes out of retirement to produce ‘Some Like it Hot’
Mario Dismont is inviting 20 local models to help make his first fashion show in 26 years something very special.
Mr Dismont, of Spectrum Productions, is coming out of retirement to host ‘Some Like it Hot’.
The event is being billed as international fashion excursion featuring designers and models from Europe, the United States and Bahamas.
Auditions will be held here next week to find about 15 female and five male models for the April 6 event at Fairmont Southampton.
The females must be at least 5ft 8in and the males 5ft 10in and should have some cat walk experience.
The show will also feature four international designers Francis Montesinos from Spain, Thomas Lavone from New York, Sidnie Pee from England and Theo Seally from the Bahamas.
There will also be two designers from Bermuda for the show, which is being billed as the biggest fashion excursion ever staged here.
“There are very few forums for up-and-coming designers around the world, and when you have the big fashion weeks in the big cities, only the top designers get to go in those,” said Mr Dismont, who will be the producer/director of the show.
“What I’m trying to develop now and into the future is Bermuda being the major hub for these designers from all over the world.
“It is starting off small with only four designers but it certainly is going to grow.
“Our models will be rubbing shoulders with some really sharp models. This is very high-end.”
Mr Dismont decided to return to producing fashion shows on his retirement that provided him with an opportunity to get back into something he knows well, he said.
He added: “This is the first time I’ve done a show for 26 years; I was the first one to do fashion shows in the Empire Room at the Southampton Princess and I’ve done shows at the Rosebank Theatre which was a huge theatre back in the day.
“We also did several shows at City Hall Theatre. I started this off thinking I was going to do a small show and it certainly has blossomed into something much bigger.
“I’ve resharpened my tools and this is a big event to do it. This will not be your ordinary fashion show.”
Already the show has generated great interest in the Bahamas where Yodephy Dance and Modeling School hosted a model search and walkout on the weekend with the winner flying to Bermuda for the April show and two others winning one-year scholarships to Yodephy.
Locals models interested in auditioning for the show are asked to send at least three photos and a brief description of recent modelling experience to spectrum48[AT]live.com.
Tickets for the show, which opens at 8.30pm, will be on sale later this month for $100.
However, some 300 advance tickets, which allow preferred seating on either side of the catwalk, are available for $90 and can be purchased from Irving Minors iminors[AT]hotmail.com.