Wednesday 27 March 2019

Fashion Tales

Three models in a tub
Three models in a tub

Alice Newbold

New York fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit reveals the real reason behind the giggling of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista in her candid 1990 shot Three Models in a Tub

Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista Photo: Roxanne Lowit, courtesy of the Steven Kasher gallery

"When I started shooting, I was the only photographer backstage," New York fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit admits to the MailOnline about the beginning of her career.

It was due to Lowit's eagerness "to see the magic unfold" that pictures of the "frenetic energy… laughing, gossiping, dancing, drinking" of the Nineties supermodels originally surfaced.

Three Models in a Tub is just one snapshot of model "magic" captured by Lowit. Hanging out with original supers Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista at the Paris Ritz Hotel after the 1990 Versace Couture show, Lowit coaxed the models to recline in the bath together for a photograph.

The giggling that ensued was not out of giddiness from all those long limbs trying to squeeze into the tub. No, Lowit reveals that it was one Sylvester Stallone who elevated the scene into hilarity.

The film mogul "came into the room and threatened to pour champagne over them, which is why they are squealing in the shot," the acclaimed photographer explains.

"Afterwards when they got out of the tub, Linda went up to Stallone and pretended to punch him."

The resurfacing of such photographic gems chimes with Lowit's upcoming retrospective exhibition at New York's Steven Kasher gallery.

Roxanne Lowit: Be Fabulous runs from December 12 to January 18 and features other candid shots of the supers, plus Kate Moss, partying, as well as youthful portraits of designers John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood.

Telegraph.co.uk

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