stéphane sednaoui


Björk during the making of the Big Time Sensuality video, directed by Stéphane Sednaoui in 1993.

“I was in a taxi stuck in traffic midtown, playing the song, and it was a perfect match. I added the idea of the flat-bed truck because I lived on 331 Lafayette and watched from my windows the flat-bed trucks crossing Manhattan on Houston Street,” explains Sednaoui, on how he came up with the concept.

Gaultier on the men’s skirt;

‘My first skirt for men was constructed like a trouser: with two legs cut fairly wide and a panel of fabric covering them in the front, like the aprons worn by waiters in Parisian bistros. Throughout history, many very virile men have worn skirts, from samurais to Scots, who have always worn kilts. I don’t believe that fabrics have a gender, any more than certain garments do. I’ve always presented the skirt in a very masculine way, on very “manly” models wearing thick socks and heavy boots. That might explain why heterosexual men have taken to it more than homosexual men: they didn’t have to prove their masculinity. That said, I could never have anticipated the effect my men’s skirt would have on fashion… The men’s skirt has nothing to do with drag.’

Taken from The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, photo: Stéphane Sednaoui, Special Gaultier, Exposure Magazine, 1988, Rock Stars collection, Men’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1987-1988, model: Tanel Bedrossiantz.