Would seeing Oz behind the curtain in fashion ruin the magic, or make it more special? I was obsessed with fashion magazines from my pre-teens though my mid 20’s. When I was 12 we moved to a house where I had the finished attic as my bedroom and I papered the extensive walls with ads and editorials. There was a wall of all the marilyn-esq black and white Guess ads, one for Benetton and their multi racial campaign and a Ralph Lauren wall filled with country tweeds…those are the ones I remember, but I was updating them all the time. I was obsessed. Through my 20’s I subscribed to at least 15 fashion mags and poured over them every month. Then in my mid 20’s, my jewelry began appearing in these pages and I went to my first desk sides. I remember the day so well. The day I visited Vogue, Lucky and a hand full more of the revered halls of the offices that brought those glossy pages to me for decades. That day the magic ended. It was all advertising and rushed deadlines. Everyone running around trying to fill the pages and meets quotas. I let the subscriptions run out and rarely even bother to flip though a magazine anymore now that I can see the editorials on line anyway. I saw who Oz really was and the magic instantly disappeared.
I wonder if visiting the production floor of a couture house would do the same? Couture fittings are had in rooms with mirrors, raised platforms and maybe a small couch. I can’t imagine the women wearing the gowns ever see this stage and I suspect that none would ever want to. How much behind the scenes is too much? A Luxe brand is very carefully created, do seeing photos like this pop the magic bubble that it is in?
photo via vogue.com