Vancouver's own Viktoria Langton
by Brenna Temple
Viktoria Langton is a fashion choreographer with a rock solid work ethic. When taking a peek at her resume it's obvious that her dancing experience has been quintessential to her successful career. For this bright-eyed and creative blonde bombshell, fashion shows are more than just models walking down a runway.
"Dance has given me my work ethic of you don't get anything for free. You work for it and you're honest," said Langton. "I've carried that through with everything I've done. I've always given 300 per cent." Langton started dancing at age three and kept at it through high school. If she has one regret it's not attending University, but holds strong to the fact that she's always had a dancing intuition. "My mother said 'go to University,'" said Langton. "I promised her I would go when my body couldn't dance anymore."
Langton's motivation and perseverance have also led her choreography career onto movie sets. She's worked with Hollywood stars like Tyra Banks, Angelina Jolie and Steve Martin, to name a few. As a kid who grew up starring in commercials (she was the first Bootlegger girl), Langton is a humble individual. "I just grew up around celebrities so I don't really have that star struck thing," said Langton. "I admire some celebrities but it's not because they're famous. When you work in the industry you understand that it's a hard industry and it's not as glamorous as the end result."
Langton was born in South Africa but moved to Vancouver at a young age. On a local level she helps plan the city's FMA (Fashion, Music and Art) runway show, the yearly swim wear show and Kwantlen's grad designer fashion show, just to mention a few. But if you intend on being an audience member for each, don't expect to catch any recurring themes. "It's different every time," said Langton. "The clothes dictate the theme and then comes the music."
The FMA runway show serves as an example of a Langton extraordinaire since it uses "different layers of live music, dancers and circus performers, so it's like a blast of art, [and] it's not just a straight fashion show." Langton has come to be a master of planning every aspect of each project from music to set-up design and choreography. Still, she laughs about the times when things didn't go as planned. "There's only been once that I didn't have creative control and it was a dreadful experience," said Langton. "I would never repeat that."
Since that time Langton's career has grown immensely. As a result she now enjoys picking and choosing who she works with and advises those vying for a similar career to work diligently. "When you're young you'll do anything and everything just to fill your resume," said Langton. "I've become more focused on wanting to do really, really good work and to work with the best." Check out Langton's website at www.viktoria-langton.com and watch for her work in Vancouver's upcoming runway shows.