The Surroundings

Dior's seating chart, Paris, October 1.Photo: Paolo Pellegrin

A lot of planning goes into something that lasts fifteen minutes tops—and that’s with slow-moving models. Here, for example, is the seating chart for the Dior show; it’s been studied and scrutinized for weeks with migraine-provoking intensity. But those brief and dazzling runway minutes are really just the final product of a long and passionate process. As Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez and makeup wizard Pat McGrath show, it takes a team, it takes time, and it takes something entirely intangible to create a show that resonates long past the moment when the seats are empty again.

The Surroundings