It was 1984. Paris Fashion Week. As a fashion student I worked every season as a dresser in Azzedine Alaia's famous "cabine" where all the world's most beautiful women came to model his new collections. Alaia was, at the time, the most famous 'couturier' on earth and his 'girls' were famous too.
They came from all over the world: Brazil, Japan, Holland, America France. Some like Grace Jones, Janice Dickinson or Alva Chinn were legendary superstars, others would become the biggest models of the 90's: Linda Spierings, Tatjana Patitz, Marpessa Hennink... The fashion world was about to change and the privacy of the cabine was soon to end, but whileit was still small, familial and closed, I was there and I took pictures.
The films spent 25 years safely in my home in New York, London and finally Paris. Five years ago, I put the box in my basement. I did not think of the humidity. Last Christmas, looking for them I found them rotting. Most of the films destroyed. Some images were still vibrant and their great damage became great beauty.
From October 11th 2014, in Beijing, through the great support of Beijing Alliance Francaise and Medspa they will be displayed for the first time both in 798 Inter Gallery and in the Galeries Lafayette Beijing.