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Every February and August, Copenhagen Fashion Week breathes extra life into the city's streets, alleys, squares, and museums, as the fashion industry takes over spaces and public areas with a vital mix of colors, shapes, and agendas on the program. The Danish fashion magazine ELLE has been part of it for 15 years, both front row at fashion shows and backstage with models, stylists, and designers. This year, as the magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary, it kicks off the fashion week with a large retrospective exhibition of backstage photography from past fashion weeks - captured by prize-winning photographer Lasse Bak Mejlvang.

Models queuing up behind the curtain before the music starts, a much-needed break on a bench between shows, a hectic change of clothes just seconds before the next turn on the catwalk. The focal point of the exhibition BACKSTAGE is the fleeting moments of fashion week that flicker by and are over before we know it.

Fashion photographer Lasse Bak Mejlvang has captured and documented these moments over the past 15 years. With fashion, models and Danish fashion houses in the leading roles and Copenhagen as the spectacular stage, BACKSTAGE gives a unique look behind the scenes in the fast-paced fashion world.

Fly with the top models to work

While the museum garden is full of photographs under the open sky, the Model Diary room, next to the museum café, offers an exciting journey to the big cities of fashion, Paris, Milan, and New York, in the company of four of Denmark’s best-known models: Josephine Skriver, Nadja Bender, Regitze Christensen, and Alberte Mortensen.

Take a look at the models’ private photo albums, which are filled with personal, analog snapshots from life as a model on some of the biggest stages in the fashion world.

About Lasse Bak Mejlvang

Lasse grew up in the city of Roskilde, the danish town, mostly famous for its legendary music festival. though dreaming of becoming a hair swinging rock ´n´ roll drummer as a kid, his grandfather and uncle’s passion for the medium of photography greatly influenced him, and as an adult he decided to also pursue his own creative photographic endeavours. Lasse therefore attended the danish school of media and journalism, majoring in photojournalism.

With his aptitude anchored in a journalistic approach to photography, Lasse creates breathtaking stories, that equally investigates his subjects and their surroundings, while boldheartedly framing the authentism and the rawness of humanity and the planet. Travelling the world, and unfolding the reality and destinies of people and nature, holds a very special place in Lasses heart, and seems to be the thin red line through all of Lasses photography, whether commissioned or reportage.

Lasse has had his work showcased in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Politiken, Børsen and ELLE, and he has collaborated with brands like DSB, DR, Royal Arctic Line, Cartier, Chanel, H&M, Unicef, L’Oréal, Telia and Hummel.