Models remember 1990s Helmut Lang

1990s helmut lang
Not to get all ‘it was better in the old days’, but thank you Vogue Runway for these personal recollections of some of Helmut Lang’s best shows. Read what Jeny Howorth, Elfie Semotan (top left) and Stella Tennant said about modelling in those unforgettable 1990s shows here. (And enjoy the catwalk pics and soon-to-come videos here…)

Here’s Elfie Semotan…
“Helmut had special ties with a lot of the models and almost everyone who worked for him backstage. When he had relationships, he was very attentive and thoughtful, and all that was mirrored in how the shows were organized. The way Helmut simplified hair and makeup didn’t make him look simple, but really avant-garde, always the freshest and the most modern in the best sense. The models knew that, they loved it, and knew they were chosen not only for their looks, but also for their personalities. The first time I walked for him, I was excited and nervous at the same time.

August, my younger son, who was 10 years old then, came to see me during the preparations for the show and asked me, quite worried, if I knew that I was by far the oldest of all the girls walking the runway. I was 51, and I knew! I also knew that I could rely on Helmut to judge if it was good or not to have me on the runway. After reassuring him, I think August was even proud, and so was I. In the following seasons, it was an experience I didn’t want to miss.”

Next, please can we have all the Juergen Teller backstage captures…

IMAGES: Vogue Runway