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Model Focus: Christopher Pryde
June 25, 2016
Ahead of Canada Day this coming Friday, we talk to Canadian model, Christopher Pryde, who has appeared on Candid in our Vancouver Fashion Week review. Calling Vancouver his home, the twenty-year-old model’s career started getting traction last year when he was signed to Charles Stuart International Models (known for discovering and still representing Coco Rocha). Along with shooting editorials and walking runways, Pryde is an accomplished classical musician and studying for a BA in Biological and Behavioural Psychology. See what landed him into modeling and find out what his tips are for summer dressing.
Hi Christopher, where did you grow up and where are you based now?
I was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved out to Vancouver about two years ago to attend The University of British Columbia.
How did you get into modelling?
I got into modelling after doing a photo shoot back while I was still in high school with a local photographer. Looking back on the shots, it’s easy to see how rigid and uncomfortable I was; persistence was key to the success I have had thus far.
You do both editorial and catwalk. Which do you enjoy most? Is one harder than the other?
I enjoy the social aspect of editorial more; you get to start the day typically with a group of complete strangers, and leave with people who may become some of your best friends. Catwalk is go, go, go; you go from fittings, to hair and makeup, then back to putting on clothes, then thrown onto a runway with seconds to spare, then as soon as you’re finished your walk, the cycle begins again. In my experience, runway is a little tougher in the sense you can’t edit your walk, you can’t re-shoot that pose; you go out onto the runway, hit your marks, don’t fall, and get off.
What’s the editorial that you’re most proud of?
Some of my favourite work to date was a video shoot I did here in Vancouver for Mary Ebra’s S/S 2016 collection. Her line is all about showing the beauty of the human figure with minimalist designs; it’s a stunning line.
What’s been your favourite show to walk in to date?
My favourite show I’ve walked in to date was for Lui Iarocheski; I closed his show at Vancouver Fashion Week two seasons ago.
If there were one designer you could walk for, who would it be?
If I could walk for anyone, it would be Noe Bernacelli; that is if he ever made a menswear line.
Aside from modelling, we’ve heard you’re a musician. Can you tell us more?
Aside from modelling I’m also very passionate about music. I began training in classical music with the flute at the age of six. Since then I have also learned the piano, violin, and most recently the cello. My musical inspiration for classics stems from the greats like Vivaldi and Mozart. My favourite modern day artist is Lana Del Rey; her orchestral backgrounds mixed with the Old Hollywood glamour is truly timeless.
Any style tips for summer? What will you be wearing?
I have a fairly eclectic taste in my day-to-day outfits; ranging from modern streetwear to dress shirts and trench coats. This summer I’m all about the light fabric, long tunics, black trousers and pulling it all together with a pair of Chelsea boots.
Words by Sophie Exton