Following some more rummaging I will try and feature a few more of the different fashion stories I unearthed. After the shoots were done I always hung on to Polaroids so I could show the various editors and art directors, or use as an aide-mémoire when compiling layouts and writing copy. These are from a fashion editorial that appeared in the Saturday Times Magazine, shot by the lovely Sam Brown at Camber Sands – the Miami Beach for the Brit fashion pack. I remember some days there would be several location vans lined up side by side in the car park. This story was called Off-White Mischief and in the accompanying copy I noted how designers were bored by the restrictions of ‘recession chic’ and were instead letting their imaginations run riot. ‘The resulting imagery is a mix of My Fair Lady campy theatrics and Singer Sargent’s artfully crafted drama.’ The designers included were a real mix: John Rocha, Martin Margiela, Roland Klein, Ghost and Romeo Gigli. The picture hat was by Andrew Wilkie for Roland (with the added drama of a white tulle stole from Dickens and Jones) and the white satin boots were from Gamba. Sam actually made prints from the Polaroids, which looked like antique treasures when they were published in the magazine. Much like the fashion stories I’m rediscovering now…
Photographer: Sam Brown
Make-up: Carol Brown
Hair: Adam Meli
Versions of these images originally appeared in The Times Magazine, 12 June 1993.