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Anna Bauer Goes Backstage


Kate Moss by Anna Bauer

In the fall of 2007—long before backstage was a thing and the flash of a camera was as ubiquitous behind the scenes as it is on the runway—German photographer Anna Bauer received an assignment from The Daily and road-tripped her way from London to Milan to Paris, shooting models, stylists, and a host of other fashion types along the way. She used a large-format Polaroid camera and captured the industry’s central figures in spontaneous form—flagging down designers such as Raf Simons and models like Kate Moss (above) and Raquel Zimmermann (below) during quiet moments and approaching them with boldness, trepidation, and sometimes total naiveté. “When I shot David Sims, I didn’t know who he was,” she recalled at the launch of her book, Backstage, last February. The results are eye-catching—a collection of raw, oft-revealing black-and-white portraits of the people who make the shows run.

This Thursday, Bauer will show the Polaroids—many of which first debuted in Backstage—en masse for the first time at the Loewe store in Madrid. “It’s a selection of about eighty,” said Bauer of the images, which include stills of everyone from Alber Elbaz to Iris Apfel to Juergen Teller. “I’m really happy because the show is going to give them another life,” she added. The earliest Polaroids on view were taken when the project began in 2007 (a young Agyness Deyn, a sunglasses-clad Karl Lagerfeld), while the most recent, Olivier Rousteing’s, for instance (“He doesn’t know he’s in there, because I didn’t know how to get in touch with him!” exclaimed Bauer), were taken just over a year ago.

Raquel Zimmermann by Anna Bauer

Bauer said she has thought about shooting another group of people, like musicians or athletes (“just another extreme kind of group,” she mused) in the same style. But, she reasoned, “It could never be like this. I think that’s part of the interesting thing about the project—the condensed nature of the industry. We all go to the same four fashion weeks and the amount of people is limited. It’s a very close-knit circle of people.”

Anna Bauer’s Polaroids will be on view from September 5 to November 3 at the Loewe store, located at Calle Serrano, 26, Madrid, Spain.

Photos: Anna Bauer

Backstage With Bauer


The likes of Constance Jablonski, Thakoon Panichgul, and Magnus Berger all turned out to the New Museum last night to celebrate photographer Anna Bauer’s new tome Anna Bauer Backstage. Check out our full coverage of the Interview and DeLeon-sponsored party, co-hosted by Tim Blanks and Fabien Baron, here. Below, an exclusive video shot at the event.

Photo: Nicholas Hunt/

Backstage With Anna Bauer, The Crillon Debs Of 2011, British Fashion Award Nominees Announced, And More…


In his foreword for photographer Anna Bauer’s new book Backstage,’s Tim Blanks calls the work “a benchmark for the present, and a reference point for the future.” For the book, Bauer caught intimate moments with some of fashion’s most influential people, including Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, in between shows on Polaroid film. [Nowness]

Tallulah Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and Sarah-Margaret Qualley (daughter of Andie MacDowell) are among this year’s crop of young ladies who will make their social debut at the Crillon Hotel’s Bal de Debutante in November. Young royals are also in the mix, including Charlotte de Bourbon Parme of France and Indian Princess Shaiyra Devi of Kapurthala. [WWD]

Yesterday, the British Fashion Council announced the short list of British Fashion Award nominees for 2011. Designers Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton, and Erdem Moralioglu are all in the running for the Designer of the Year award. [Vogue U.K.]

Madonna presented the inaugural Gucci for Women Award to actress Jessica Chastain in Venice on Saturday. On her choice of Madonna as the presenter, Frida Giannini said, “Who is more iconic than Madonna? Nobody.” [WWD]

Photo: Anna Bauer/ Anna Bauer Backstage