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Model Lingo I

April 1, 2011

Last week I read a post by a model on a Facebook modeling group page. The model asked, “What is a TFP?” After I replied with a detailed description of the term, the model asked for more well known industry terms.

All models should familiarize themselves with modeling terminology to better communicate with industry professionals and understand what is being asked of them at a job. The Aspiring Model blog is here to help. Every week there will be a post with 10 new important global fashion and modeling industry terms to assist models in building their fashion vocabulary. 

Below are the first 10 terms of the Model Lingo series:

  • Composite Card (Comp Card):  a 6″ x 8″ or 8″ x 10″ professional mass-produced sheet or card from the model’s best photos.  Displays a variety of moods, angles, clothing styles, and information.
  • Faux pas: literally means false stop. French fashion term for bad fashion choice.
  • Fit modeling:  A model chosen with exact measurements for original sample garment to test for sizing.
  • Haute couture:  French for “high sewing”. Fashion translation means custom-fitted clothes, made to order.
  • Pret-a-porter: French term for ready-to-wear. Opposite of haute couture.
  • Print:  A photograph printed in newspaper or magazine form.
  • Statistics (Stats):  A model’s statistics relating to height, clothing sizes, measurements (bust, waist and hips), hair and eye color.
  • Testing:  Photographic session to produce pictures for your portfolio and composite.
  • Time for Print (TFP):  Where you give your time for pictures.
  • Trunk Show:  Informal modeling for a specific designer n a store or boutique.

Are there other fashion terms you want to know about or add to next week’s glossary? Let us know!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim Johnson permalink
    April 1, 2011 6:51 am

    This was a very good article. I will love to have a more detailed discription of what a Tear sheet is ? Is it always published works or not?

    • April 1, 2011 7:01 am

      Thanks Kim, for the comment! Tear sheets will be added to next week’s Model Lingo post. Just for you, that term will have detailed information on the model’s responsibility in contacting the photographer regarding published work. Stay tuned…

  2. Minka permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:11 pm

    This was a very informative and awesome article. Thanks for keeping the “aspiring model” up on her game in this industry and assuring us we are ALL beautiful just the way we are!!

    Now, is it common practice for a model to have a video of her talking (like being interviewed) or runway walking to submit to potential clients for work?

  3. August 22, 2011 7:08 pm

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