Wednesday, 20 March 2013

GoodWood Press Day

Today Dumpster Designs' work was showcased at GoodWood Press Day and i am knackered. I'm struggling to keep my eyes open let alone write a delightful, witty, detailed post about the event, so i'm just going to aim for a coherent one. I knew it was a big event but i didn't realise just how much of a huge deal it was until i arrived. There i was with my dress and press kits expecting to be greeted by a couple of people or journalists floating in and out. But ohhhh no. I couldn't have been more wrong if i tried. There were over 500 people there, over 100 new and vintage cars, and over 200 press. So instantly my priorities changed from 'mingle and create some new contacts' to 'just don't make a fool of yourself'. 

 

The press room was completely done up to look like an old time crime scene, there were 20 pound notes (fake obvs, it might be GoodWood but its not the bloody crystal maze, catch what you can whilst the wind machine is blowing) covering everything. Old time coppers dusting for evidence and checking up on peoples alibis. It was amazing and the swag i got was great! Ive come away with everything from a thermas to ear plugs on a landyard. Already i was happy and felt like the day had been a success.

 
(All 200 Dumpster Press Kits got snatched up by the Journalists. Made printing, scalping, and tying 200 individual labels seem worth it in the end. Meaning I can now rest easy)

Then i was asked to set up my dress in 'the yellow room' named as such due to it dripping with gold, chandlers and the odd painting of Queen Victoria. The dress was put in pride of place (just in front of the statue, duhh) which was great because it meant everyyyyyone saw it and went up for a closer look. My account manager and i were having tea near the dress and when anyone went close we would have an unnecessarily loud conversation about how incredible it is ('have you seen that dress? its made entirely from old revival brochures!' 'nooo, noo surely it cant be! that's just amazing!') people took the bate every time and went up for a cheeky feel when they thought no one was watching. So easy. 

(Oh thats just me and the CCM of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (?!?!?!?!?!) With my dress. Yeh. Me, Rolls, Dumpster. (?!??!?!?!?!?!?!))

The Earl of March gave a speech and the event kicked off. There were rides up and down the hill, photographs with the whacky racers, swing dancing, a BMX stunt stage and live 1950s music. And this was all just for the press! can you believe it! Not even an actual event, mad. They sure don't do things by half. A GoodWood actor was put in the dress for 'photo opps' outside of the house, she was a brave soul as it must have been verging on minus degrees outside, but everyone ooed and arredd as she walked by commenting on how freakin' awesome the dress was (which i took as direct compliments about how freakin' awesome i am). All in all it was an incredible day and i felt honored to be there. Some very good connections were made resulting in even more exciting collaborations in the pipeline for Dumpster. 

 
  
(Me getting prepped for a very cold, shivery camera interview about Dumpster)

 Also i saw James Martin, that chef off the telly.

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