Raised in Canada and of German descent, Von Aichinger has graced countless catwalks and magazine covers throughout her modelling career, and now she continues her journey through fashion as a stylist and muse. In our latest fashion video feature, JOYCE caught a glimpse of how this modern goddess works her magic with Madhavi during a magazine cover shoot, featuring Hollywood film star Naomi Watts.
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“I think it (styling) just makes sense really, it’s just an extension of what I was doing as a model. It’s not art - fashion is a thing of the instant, of the moment, a few months later, what you’ve just designed… not exactly irrelevant because good design always stays, good design can wear forever, but it’s just the nature of the business, it keeps moving forward,” she says.
Today the word “muse” is overused in the fashion industry, but Von Aichinger was one of the first and original muses in Paris in the 90's and onward 2000's, working for John Galliano and later for Jean Paul Gaultier until 2007.
What made her different was her interests outside of the fashion realm, which added depth and complexity to her beauty, making her even more inspiring. Apart from being a prominent figure both in front and behind the fashion lens, she also likes to perform on stage once in a while.
“When I started to sing I was really goofing around. I’m still goofing around. I like a lot of different things, I love music, painting and art but music is probably the art form that I relate to the most,” she says.
Although Von Aichinger occasionally makes appearances on the catwalk and poses for cameras, it was the late 90's and full 2000's that she remembers most fondly.
“You know what’s great, like in John’s [Galliano] show, Mugler, Montana… I’m always bringing them up because they’re so amazing. 15, 20 models were sent out to the catwalk in one shot. Each girl was different looking. Each girl had something specific to her, so you recognized each one. Oh that’s Simonetta, that’s Pat, that’s this girl and that’s that girl… Everyone was working the runway without any rehearsal. Somehow just work so beautifully.”
Admittedly much has changed since Von Aichinger first took to the runway all those years ago, including the rise of the internet which has made fashion accessible to almost everyone.
INTERVIEW : FILEP MOTWARY / UN NOUVEAU IDEAL PRODUCTION: ANTOINE ASSERAF / THE STIMULEYE CAMERAS: JASON LAST & SHAWNA FERREIRA PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALI MAHDAVI & RENE HABERMACHER THANK YOU NAOMI WATTS, LAUREN BARNHART AND ALI MAHDAVI
Dear iDEALS, I can't exactly remember exactly when this story was published in Votre Beaute magazine, though I feel its about time to share it with you all.
A few days back, I got contacted by this major company in Austria with a list for some of the Mastori*Motwary Studio's press clippings, past and present, asking whether it would be possible to find the images in high resolution, in order to include us in a future publication.
Most of their selections, I had but there were a few images missing, including this story. I asked the photographer, Kostas Avgoulis whether it would be possible to send me his fashion story, styled by Nicholas Georgiou. Though only one Filep Motwary skirt is included (photo 2) , 99% of the jewellery in the photographs, belong to my partner Maria Mastori...