Between 1989-1993, the New York fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi allowed the British photographer Nick Waplington backstage at all of his fashion shows.
The resulting images show Waplington’s renowned vérité style photography capture Mizrahi’s haute couture, as worn by supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. The images have now been published in a book by Damiani called The Isaac Mizrahi Pictures: New York City 1989–1993.
During this time period, Waplington was also documenting the wild and creative nightlife of New York’s 1990s “club kid” culture, taking pictures at some of the city’s most infamous clubs such as the Pyramid Club and Save the Robots. These images of downtown style have been juxtaposed with Mizrahi’s uptown looks.
Isaac Mizrahi was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1961. After being given a sewing machine at the age of 10, he pursued a career in fashion, launching his first label IS New York aged 15 and various famed eponymous fashion lines in the 1980s and 1990s.
Nick Waplington is a British photographer and artist based in New York. His work is a mixture of documentary and art photography. His bodies of work vary from projects such as Safety in Numbers (1997), a study of ecstasy drug culture in the mid-1990s, and Truth of Consequences (2001), a pictorial game based on the history of photography, set in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.