Before the live streaming of international fashion shows and the instant publication of runway images online, the collections were strictly `invitation only'. It was the photographer, runway's unsung hero, who allowed us a glimpse of an exclusive and fascinating spectacle.
A visual journey through three decades of photographing runway shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York, Fashion's Front Line showcases dazzling images taken by long-serving catwalk photographer Niall McInerney, whose life's work has been painstakingly preserved and made available through Bloomsbury Publishing's Fashion Photography Archive. Giving readers the complete picture, the book captures many rare and never-before-seen images of iconic moments on the runway as well as famous faces on the front row and the buzzing atmosphere backstage.
With commentary from the photographer himself, as well as interviews with top international fashion insiders, Fashion's Front Line is a unique window onto the world of late 20th-century fashion. As good as a front row ticket, this book will be a must-have for fashion lovers.
Designer Antony Price; model agent Sarah Doukas; PR and lifestyle guru Lynne Franks; hair stylist Sam McKnight; director of photography Simon Chaudoir; editors and fashion commentators Caryn Franklin, Debbi Mason, Kathryn Samuel, Elizabeth Walker, Brenda Polan and Iain R. Webb; photographers Andrew Lamb, Niall McInerney, Chris Moore, Anthea Simms and Mitchell Sams; set designer and art director Simon Costin; fashion consultant and former show producer Mikel Rosen; show producer John Walford; and digital entrepreneur Jonathan Chippindale.
Niall McInerney is an international runway photographer whose work spans over three decades. Working from the late 1970s, he has captured many iconic fashion moments and has photographed some of the most ground-breaking shows in the 20th century. In addition to his freelance work, McInerney worked as house photographer for major designers including Vivienne Westwood and for magazines such as Harper's & Queen. Nilgin Yusuf is currently Programme Director for the Media and Communications Programme within the London College of Fashion's Graduate School, UK. She is former Fashion Editor of the Sunday Times and Fashion Writer at the Daily Telegraph. She has interviewed a host of fashion icons and established the trail-blazing MA Fashion Media Production at the London College of Fashion. Clive Crook (Art Direction) is former Art Director at the Telegraph Media Group, UK (1995-2005). He has been Art Director for Cornucopia Magazine since 1992 of Bologna Magazine since 2011.
1) Fashion's Front Line: The Culture of Catwalk 2) Preparing for Battle: Becoming a Catwalk Photographer 3) Capturing the Catwalk: The Skills and Scrums of Runway Photography 4) Catwalk Coups: Game-changing Collections 5) Fashion Factions and Designer Battle Lines 6) Full Scale Assault on the Senses: Spectacular Show Production 7) New Model Army: Walking the Walk 8) Blazing Style, Dynamite Charisma; Front Row and Beyond 9) Inside the Bunker: Magic and Mayhem Backstage 10) Surprise Ambush: the Unexpected and Unscheduled 11) March of Technology: Changing Tech and the Future of Catwalk 12) Postscript: Reflections on Fashion's Battlefield