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The magic and the mayhem: candid backstage photos from Fashion Week

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Backstage at Fashion Week is a surreal micro-universe all of its own.

The production element of a typical SS18 show is no mean feat. Behind half an hour or so of spectacular runway action lies a colourful battalion of professionals, who unite to engineer it without mishap. 

An army of make-up artists battle for elbow room next to hair stylists and seamstresses. Casting directors rub shoulders with agents and journalists. Graphic designers await their cue, alongside sound engineers and technicians.

And of course, there’s the models themselves. 

Amid this never-ending circus, a little mayhem is to be expected. The tension and drama is palpable – but so is the sense of exuberance when all goes to plan.

Come join us as we go behind the runway to look at the most atmospheric backstage snaps this season, led by the flower-filled tropicalia that was last night’s Moschino show in Milan…

Photos: Rex Features

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  • Backstage at Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

    Gigi Hadid's feeling the love 

  • Backstage at Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

    Kaia Gerber joins Bella Hadid and a third model for an impromptu flower fest

  • Backstage at Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

    Bring on the butterflies

  • Backstage at Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

    A floral extravaganza

  • Backstage at Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

    It’s all so low-key

  • Backstage at the Alberta Ferretti show, Milan Fashion Week

    Good vibes from Karlie Kloss 

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  • Backstage at the Alberta Ferretti show, Milan Fashion Week

    Riding on a high

  • Backstage at Giorgio Armani, Milan Fashion Week

    A rare moment of calm

  • Backstage at the Byblos Milano show, Milan Fashion Week

    Nailing nail art

  • Backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show, London Fashion Week

    Gigi Hadid awaits her cue

  • Backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show, London Fashion Week

    Last-minute touches

  • Backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show, London Fashion Week

    Strike a pose

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  • Backstage at the Paul Costelloe show, London Fashion Week

    A gown that deserves to be carried

  • Backstage at the Paul Costelloe show, London Fashion Week

    Flexing up for action

  • Backstage at Versus Versace, London Fashion Week

    Make-up mayhem

  • At the Mary Katrantzou show, London Fashion Week

    All the feels

  • At the Mary Katrantzou show, London Fashion Week

    Brow maintenance 

  • Backstage at the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi show, London Fashion Week

    Shooting the breeze

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  • Backstage at the Burberry show, London Fashion Week

    Cara Delevingne is ruling it

  • Backstage at the Burberry show, London Fashion Week

    Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell survey the action

  • Backstage at the JW Anderson show, London Fashion Week

    Pure elation

  • Backstage at the Pam Hogg show, London Fashion Week

    A dash of theatre

  • Backstage at the Pam Hogg show, London Fashion Week

    Keeping it casual

  • Backstage at the Michael Kors show, New York Fashion Week

    Feeling frisky

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  • Backstage at the Marc Jacobs show, New York Fashion Week

    Eyeliner goals

  • Backstage at the Marc Jacobs show, New York Fashion Week

    Models await

  • Backstage at the Delpozo show, New York Fashion Week

    No messing...

  • Backstage at the Alice & Olivia presentation, New York Fashion Week

    All the snacks

  • Backstage at the Naeem Khan show, New York Fashion Week

    Bejewelled beauty

  • Backstage at the Badgley Mischka show, New York Fashion Week

    A riveting read

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  • Backstage at the Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver show, New York Fashion Week

    Manicure central

  • Backstage at the Carolina Herrera show, New York Fashion Week

    Happy days

  • Backstage at the Carolina Herrera show, New York Fashion Week

    All the accessories

  • Backstage at the Anna Sui show, New York Fashion Week

    Super stencilling

  • Backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg presentation

    Best foot forward

  • Backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg presentation

    Backstage banter

  • Backstage at the Fenty Puma by Rihanna show, New York Fashion Week

    Rihanna and a fan

  • Backstage at the Prabal Gurung show, New York Fashion Week

    Prabal Gurung and Bella Hadid spread the love