Have you ever stared at the glamor of supermodels on the runway and wondered what goes on behind the scenes? At the SCAD Fash Museum of Fashion and Film in Atlanta, Robert Ferrer displays the chaos behind the curtain in “Backstage Pass: Dior, Galliano, Jacobs, and McQueen,” an exhibition now on view through April 16. I spoke with City Lights producer Summer Evans about the show’s new insider’s look at the world of fashion.
How she edged backstage on the catwalk in catching the Eye of the Fairer:
“When I started… I was at the end of the catwalk with a lot of other photographers, and that was great. It was great; I loved doing it. But at a certain point, it wasn’t really a challenge anymore. Then one day I saw someone disappear, before The show is live, and it disappears behind the curtain, so to speak, on the runway,” Ferrer said. “I ran, took a look, and this new world opened up to me; it was unbelievable. I think I said so many times, you’re going back there as a photographer or as someone with an artistic outlook, and you see creativity everywhere you look.”
“In the past few years, it’s gotten more and more extreme that way, where girls are told to have no expression, to walk fast, and follow each other exactly the same distance, and it’s become a little, in some cases, very automated,” Ferrer said. “Of course, behind the scenes, depending on what they were wearing and depending on what show they were doing… the girls needed some personality, and definitely when they put on those dresses, they got personality.”
“You know how it feels when you wear special clothes when you go out; you feel a certain way, you stand a certain way,” Ferrer said. “In many cases, in photos, there is a character coming in, or a character — perhaps the character of the dress — that appears.”
Details of the display and interior designers:
“When you first enter the gallery, you’ll see the area dedicated to John Galliano. It’s very playful, very much based on his story, and her amazing hair and makeup. It’s very conceptual, but if you notice the clothes, they are very wearable. I wouldn’t say business clothes, but interesting you can Buy it and wear it ready to wear, What’s ready-to-wear in English,” Gomez said.
“From John Galliano, you come to the Marc Jacobs area, that’s completely different. You’ll see, of course, an American designer, an American brand,” Gomez said. “The clothes are very different. It’s so fun, so wearable, and so desirable. Backstage models wanted to keep the clothes. Very good mood backstage. You will see that this is the most fun area of them all. You’ll really see ease in the air on the show.”
“Then across, I come to Alexander McQueen, a mass production of these wonderful masterpieces,” Gomez continued. “It’s a mixture of ready-to-wear and really couture. You can see the way these gowns are made…. It’s a whole feeling brought to the runway. It’s so theatrical, so conceptual. The hair and makeup is incredible. But you can feel the tension in the air.”
The new SCAD Fash Museum of Fashion and Film exhibition “Backstage Pass” is now on view through April 16, with a special members-only tour with curator Thursday, January 13. More information is available here.