Suzanne Von Aichinger arrived at the Villa Noailles on April 25th, the day of her birthday. With my mom's help, I had especially made for her a beautiful kimono as a gift. From the moment she saw it, she just couldn't take it off.
On our way out of the Pesquiers, the old factory where the defiles took place, Suzanne and Rene started a dancing ritual for me to photograph. It was one of my favorite moments to date.
"I never had you, nor I suppose
will I ever have you. A few words, an approach,
as in the bar the other day—nothing more.
It’s sad, I admit. But we who serve Art,
sometimes with the mind’s intensity,
can create—but of course only for a short time—
pleasure that seems almost physical.
That’s how in the bar the other day—
mercifully helped by alcohol—
I had half an hour that was totally erotic.
And I think you understood this
and stayed slightly longer on purpose.
That was very necessary. Because
with all the imagination, with all the magic alcohol,
I needed to see your lips as well,
needed your body near me."
C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992
Dear Filep and iDEALS, the following pictures were taken during the lead up to the Fall Winter shows in paris 2010.
I was asked by Viktor & Rolf if I would like to record the rehearsals leading up to the show...the 3 days before.
Of course I said 'YES! She is my all time favorite model...for years thinking I wanted to be a photographer in the 90's, I Googled her in the pages of Harpers and Vogue. She is the ultimate model, the ultimate muse...described by Yasmin le Bon to me once as 'the best'.
Kristen was not so impressed by my presence at the beginning, but after the second day we were 'pals'and she told me months after the images against the white wall are amongst her favorites of all time - I even have email confirmation of that! (Laughs)
And not just a great model, but a really cool 'chick'....and if I forgot to mention Viktor and Rolf, well look at the collection, I don't need to say anything!