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I hate taking photographs!


It’s true! I hate taking photographs. In fact I don’t even own a camera. However, in July of 1994 Vogue sent me to Paris to view the Couture shows and write and draw a comic (see Greatest Hits above) and I was given a Polaroid to document my experiences. I unearthed them recently and thought they’d be entertaining. Up top is a sliver of Christy Turlington’s face. I was like 2 feet away from her and so excited to get such a great shot of my favourite supermodel when this guy stepped into the frame. Grrrr! Actually I like this one even better this way.  Next are Catherine Deneuve and Paloma Picasso at Yves Saint Laurent. The woman below, a couture client, I believe is a Rothschild.

The lovelies above are Chanel fans or clients. Bottom left is a trans woman friend of Yves Saint Laurent. Front row only for her! The woman who looks like she belongs in a touring production of  “The Sound of Music” is a textile magnate’s wife who apparently designed all her own outfits. Guaranteed gayness for the son!

 

Vogue people. Top left, Andre Leon Talley and Grace Coddington. Next, Kate Betts with Kal Ruttenstein. Kate was my very friendly and patient guide in this weird and wondrous world of haute mode. Joan Juliet Buck, then newly-appointed  editor of French Vogue with Karl Lagerfeld (still in his chubby days). Bottom right, The Boss!

Top right, Claudia Schiffer at Gianfranco Ferre. Top right, an Amazonian Italian television presenter. Below left, model Kristy Hume dances with Donatella Versace at the Versace party. Below left, a runway shot from the Chanel show.

Here are a couple of sketches I saved from all those years ago. I always thought this was rather a good likeness of Oscar De La Renta. The last image was a panel that was eventually ejected from the story  for lack of space showing a work room at Chanel.

Some creative spelling from the house of Ungaro! I’m thinking of making it official.

Well, this has been a fun stroll down memory lane. Thanks again to Anna Wintour, Kate Betts  and all the folks at Conde Nast for an unforgettable experience!

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