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‘Don’t slip, don’t trip!’: inside Australian fashion week

Guardian Australia goes behind the scenes with the models, designers and hangers-on at Sydney’s parade

“It’s like a hurricane: one minute it’s calm and then it’s chaos,” says Kate Reynolds from Melbourne design-duo Pageant moments before the start of their debut show at Australian fashion week.

Behind her, 20 or so models are frantically changing into their outfits, half a dozen backstage photographers are herded together and repeatedly told “do not cross the yellow tape” by an irate producer, and a doorman blocks a young woman from hurriedly entering the scene.

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