If you’ve been to a runway show, then you know it’s an hour of anticipation, drinks, the fashionables swarming through the lounge, and photographers snapping away. But this year we at POLKADOT were invited to shoot backstage for PERRETSCHAAD‘s A/W 2012 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We met the whole crew at 3pm behind stage and yes, it’s three hours of prep, full of stress and nervousness, a model MIA, the designers feeling as if they’ve forgotten something important, rehearsals, and makeups. Three hours of insanity for fifteen minutes of glory. But the giddy smiles tinged with relief flashing on the girls’ faces as they return and the cheering makes it all worth while! We captured some of the moments, and our sincere thanks to Johanna and Tutia of PERRETSCHAAD.