AFGHANISTAN, Herat : An Afghan woman buys silk yarn for weaving from a shop in Herat on August 6, 2014. Western Afghanistan, once a stop along the Silk Road trade route, has a long tradition in the silk production process dating back thousands of years. Carpets are Afghanistan’s best-known export, woven mostly by women and children in the north of the country, a trade which once employed, directly or indirectly, six million people, or a fifth of the country’s population, but that figure has dropped sharply. AFP PHOTO/Aref Karimi
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Through The Looking Glass: Natalia Vodianova wears a custom ocean-blue Balenciaga gown as she is transported into a real life fairytale in the iconic editorial ‘Alice In Wonderland’ where top fashion designers also featured as characters from the classic book. The story was styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Annie Leibovitz so it was only natural that this fantastical shoot for Vogue US December 2003 became one of the most famous editorials published to date.
Whilst shooting this particular shot at a chateau in Paris, Grace noticed that the ruffles of the custom Balenciaga dress Natalia wore were back to front, therefore not making the shot; all was lost until someone came up with the idea to redesign the gown there and then. Was this possible? Only for the most skilled hands, Grace notes ‘I saw Nicolas Ghesquière going slightly pale’ and after bargaining he was given 45 minutes to modify what was an incredibly intricate piece. Needless to say it didnt take long until he had completely taken it apart and put the ruffles on the other side, making the finishing garment a whimsical crystal pleated silk chiffon dress, and turning Grace’s dream shot into reality.
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