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Fred Butler

Props Stylist and Accessories Designer “In 2001 I took a flight to Paris to meet and have a coffee with Angela, ADi and KAi of AsFOUR. This in itself was a rather spontaneous, bizarre and bonkers way to spend a day. However, it all made sense when the vision appeared across the Place De Gambetta: three sparkling sensations with metallic disks on their arms. Apparently this was a ‘hangover day’ and Bloody Marys were ordered alongside café crème. It was a visual feast and sensory overload, which was unsettlingly distracting as I tried to overcome my intimidation and attempt conversation. ADi was a cute and giggly, wide-eyed, red haired, shimmering flame with bronze Swarovski crystals scattered over her auburn jacket; Angela was a terrifyingly glamorous Russian doll with iridescent cheekbones and an ever-renewing cigarette in elegant manicured gesticulating fingers; KAi was mysterious with gigantic impenetrable black shades with crystals creeping like ivy up around his head, apparently growing directly out of his crew cut. I felt like I had found exactly what I had been searching for all my life. It was nothing that I had ever seen before and a way that I didn’t know was possible for a human to dress. This day transformed my outlook of life, not only for the inspirational aesthetic but because I started a journey of a firm and loving friendship that has flourished ever since.”

Michelle Duguid

Fashion Assistant at British Vogue

‘It was 2002 and I was working at SHOWstudio on a project called ‘Transformer’. We’d been shooting various people over an intense twoday period and the last shot we had to get was of Alexander McQueen. It was very late at night and nobody was really sure what to expect; all I knew was that I’d had to get a couple of white suits and some tins of paint. We dressed the male model and then McQueen started cutting into the suit before adding copious amounts of white paint; the suit was completely wrecked and there was paint all over the studio. In front of everyone on the shoot, McQueen had literally transformed this male model into a ‘bride’. It was like watching an artist at work; it was incredibly freehand and felt really spontaneous. That moment completely changed my perception of what fashion meant. I don’t think that you meet that many people working in the fashion industry that are really pushing the boundaries and it felt incredibly exciting to witness, first-hand, something so inspiring and extreme.” ISSUE 1 — ­ 93

Issue 1: The Fashion Almanac  

A Graphic and Textual Exploration of the Fashion World

Issue 1: The Fashion Almanac  

A Graphic and Textual Exploration of the Fashion World

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