Moods of the catwalk

Moods of  the catwalk
Antonio Marras autumn/winter collection 2005 Picture: Antonio Marras

A colourful new book captures the amazing theatricality, art and emotion that surround the best fashion shows

When we think of great fashion shows, they are generally not the mechanical, commercial spectacle of models gliding silently along a catwalk, faces frozen automaton-like. They are the gut-wrenching spectacles of Alexander McQueen, with robotic arms spray-painting a rotating model in some kind of nightmarish jewellery box illusion, or the spectral figure of Kate Moss arising, Victorian gothic-style, before the mesmerised eyes of the audience.

They are the Chanel shows where under-sea spectaculars are twinned...

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