Backstage at Fashion Shows

London, England, United Kingdom - Models backstage before the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2012 runway show at London Fashion Week

London, England, United Kingdom - Models backstage before the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2012 runway show at London Fashion Week. PPS Worldwide/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumawireworldphotosfour806974

If you have ever watched an episode of America’s Next Top Model when the competitors are challenged to do a fashion show, you get a glimpse inside how hectic they actually are. It’s a much different feeling then what you see on the runway. The models on the catwalk look cool, calm and collected as they strut their stuff, and nothing seems to faze them. If a wardrobe malfunction occurs, or they take a spill, they just act like that was all part of the show.

Backstage however, is a scene of chaos. You have about twenty people working on just one model to get her looking like the vision the designer has for the show. It’s not always pretty hair and makeup you see on a red carpet either. Sometimes it’s something extreme like extensive face paint, to give the model an animalistic appearance. And hair, no matter what is being done to it (sometimes even getting cut), lots and LOTS of hairspray is required.

The looks of the model may be important but the product, the clothes, need to be at their best as well. Last minute detailing and tailoring are made, adding more people to the pandemonium.

And it’s not like the craziness is over once the show starts. There are wardrobe changes to be made and with little time to make it back on the runway, clothes go flying (thankfully there are people to pick up and hang back up those beautiful designer clothes). There is no privacy to be found at these fashion shows, and simply because there is too little time and too many people. It’s a major production like any actor, singer or dancer experiences.

But to add to the list of people in attendance backstage, there are photographers capturing all the fun. So enjoy these images (and more that we have back at Newscom) of backstage scenes at fashion shows.

London, England, United Kingdom - Models backstage before the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2012 runway show at London Fashion Week

London, England, United Kingdom - Models backstage before the Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2012 runway show at London Fashion Week. PPS Worldwide/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumawireworldphotosfour806921

Models prepare backstage prior to the fashion show of Italian designer Roberto Cavalli as part of the Tel Aviv Fashion Week, in Tel Aviv, Israel, 21 November 2011.

Models prepare backstage prior to the fashion show of Italian designer Roberto Cavalli as part of the Tel Aviv Fashion Week, in Tel Aviv, Israel, 21 November 2011. OLIVER WEIKEN/EPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: epaphotos201473

Cosmetics on display backstage at fashion show for Cynthia Rowley Fall 2006 Collection, Bryant Park, New York, NY, February 10, 2006.

Cosmetics on display backstage at fashion show for Cynthia Rowley Fall 2006 Collection, Bryant Park, New York, NY, February 10, 2006. Everett Collection/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: evphotos034290

A model gets dressed backstage before Italian fashion brand, Moschino's show at the Cali Exposhow fashion week on October 20, 2011, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.

A model gets dressed backstage before Italian fashion brand, Moschino's show at the Cali Exposhow fashion week on October 20, 2011, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: afplivefour108957

Models change into creations by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier backstage, as part of the Spring/Summer 2012 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection show during the Paris Fashion week, in Paris, France, 01 October 2011.

Models change into creations by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier backstage, as part of the Spring/Summer 2012 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection show during the Paris Fashion week, in Paris, France, 01 October 2011. IAN LANGSDON/EPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: epaphotos143743

A model gets ready backstage before a fashion show for the Rabbit Warm Zhuang Ganran collection during China Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2012 in Beijing October 26, 2011.

A model gets ready backstage before a fashion show for the Rabbit Warm Zhuang Ganran collection during China Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2012 in Beijing October 26, 2011. JASON LEE/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour870916

A model backstage before a creation by designers Viktor & Rolf for their Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-To-Wear collection show held at L'espace Ephemere, Jardins des Tuileries, in Paris, France, on October 1, 2011.

A model backstage before a creation by designers Viktor & Rolf for their Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-To-Wear collection show held at L'espace Ephemere, Jardins des Tuileries, in Paris, France, on October 1, 2011. Briquet-Gorassini-Gouhier-Guibbaud-Orban/ABACA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: abausaphotos580629

Model Backstage at arrivals for Zang Toi fall 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week, Bryant Park, New York, NY, Saturday, February 05, 2005.

Model Backstage at arrivals for Zang Toi fall 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week, Bryant Park, New York, NY, Saturday, February 05, 2005. Everett Collection/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: evphotos004335

Models wait backstage during the Dasha Gauser show at the Mercedes-Benz fashion week in Moscow October 25, 2011.

Models wait backstage during the Dasha Gauser show at the Mercedes-Benz fashion week in Moscow October 25, 2011. STRINGER/RUSSIA/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour869348

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One thought on “Backstage at Fashion Shows

  1. Tamlyn

    Thank you so much for this peice of information.
    Helped me a lot for my essay I’m about to write on the NYC fashion show :) x

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