This work scene images featuring Yohji Yamamoto ( from Francois Baudot's book of the designer published by Assouline) has been a constant source of inspiration for me.
There's something poetic about it. That sense of anticipation before the show. The intense concentration while cutting fabric. Some indecisiveness editing the pieces for the runway.
It's a process all the great designers go through. It's a process designers go through.
That led me to find more work scene images of some of the designers I admire.
It was extremely difficult to find Rei Kawakubo's picture but this backstage photo, from one of her early presentations, shows her looking tensed but at the same time trying to hold the emotions bottled up.
Damir Doma scrutinizing one of his designs in a fitting. What could he be thinking?
Magazines editors sometimes get a sneak of collections. Miuccia Prada shares a moment with Anna Wintour, possibly the most powerful of all magazine editors.
Helmut Lang directing the exits of the models in his early 'work in progress' presentation.
This photo of Ann Demeulemeester in her studio fascinated me so much when I started designing. I still have the copy of W Magazine where it appeared.
I seem to be drawn to designers that are extremely private and rarely reveal much of themselves. It feels precious to see rare images of them in their environment doing the most mundane of things. Here's Ann Demeulemeester having a smoke in her studio.
I expected Hussein Chalayan explaining one his complex patterns and you can see how at ease and passionate he is in doing so.
Limi Yamamoto looks lost in her thoughts. She's probably thinking of a solution to a design dilemma.
Rick Owens is seen dressing one of his models. That intense, confident look on his face is of someone who is fiercely individualistic.
One of fashion's quiet genius, Azzedine Alaia. Look at his work space and tell me if this man isn't passionate about what he is doing. The chaos and clutter speaks volume of the amount of work happening.