I’ve been cleaning out my archives of photos, and I found a series that I took while I was working at The Walk, School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual undergrad fashion show. I worked from 4:30 in the morning until ten at night, photographing the activities backstage, watching one of the run-throughs to check for wardrobe mishaps, and then helping to dress the models for two of the shows.
The Walk is a stunning production, full of models and impressively talented clothing made by a dedicated group of twenty-somethings. I’ve seen undergrad fashion shows before, but I’ve never seen a production this grandiose for a university. The entire show takes place in Millenium Park next to The Bean, hosted under a gigantic tent filled with hundreds of chairs and an incredibly long runway. We host four shows over the course of the day, three of which are dress-rehearsals, and the fourth and final show taking place in the evening with some of the rich and the glamorous in attendance.
I love being backstage more than anything, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than witnessing the organized chaos of a production underway. I was thrilled to stumble back upon these images which capture quick, rushed moments throughout the day.