After Babel: Imperfect Rendition

Photography by Sohrab Golsorkhi-Ainslie

Styling by Nobuko Tannawa

Front: After Babel

And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

“Ich bin ein Berliner,” President John F. Kennedy said in 1963. His choice of words was correct, yet it remains a popular example of an apparent misunderstanding: a stick with which to beat an American in Europe.

Left: suit, shirt and scarf by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
Right: trousers by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back; ring by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci 

Reader 2

Left: long waistcoat and trousers by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back; waistcoat worn underneath from Beyond Retro; shirt by Neil Barrett; shoes by Chanel
Right: vest top, shirt and trousers by Céline; bow tie by Canali

Reader 3

Opposite: dress by Philipp Plein; jumper worn underneath by Dsquared2
This page: pinafore dress by Rochas; yellow jumper by Dsquared2; collar worn underneath and socks by Miu Miu; grey and striped jumpers by ESK

Reader 4

Left: In Swedish, bra means “good”. Dress by J. W. Anderson; bra by La Perla
Right: A Canadian tux is a denim jacket worn with jeans.
Left: vintage Levi’s sleeveless denim jacket and jeans and vintage denim jacket from Beyond Retro; boots by Gianvito Rossi; scarf model’s own
Right: suit, shirt, belt, shoes and scarf by Saint Laurent

Reader 5

Jumper, trousers and scarf by Joseph; boots by Dior

Reader 6

Left: coat and trousers by Dior; T-shirt by Topman; suspenders from Beyond Retro
Right: shirt and collar necklace by Chanel; trousers by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back

Reader 7

Left: body by Body Editions; trousers by Dior; tie by Chanel
Right: T-shirt from Beyond Retro; skirt and boots by Chanel

Reader 8

Left: suit, shirt and shoes by Chanel; bracelet stylist’s own
Right: vest and pants by Hanro

Reader 9

Left: vest from Beyond Retro; jumper by Dsquared2; skirt by Giambattista Valli; boots by Jerome Dreyfuss; scarf by Temperley
Right: vest by Miu Miu

Reader 10

Left: top, trousers with braces and earrings by Balenciaga
Right: jumper by ESK; tights by Oroblu from

Reader 11

Left: gilet by Miu Miu; shirt by Stella McCartney; skirt by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back; bag by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
Right: coat by A.P.C.; collar by Miu Miu; corset by La Perla

Reader 12

In America, pie ordered “à la mode” comes with ice cream.
Top, trousers, shoes and earrings by Céline

Hair: Maki Tanaka using Windle & Moodie / Make-up: Yumiko Yamamoto using Shu Uemura / Set design: Bryony Edwards / Casting: Ben Grimes / Videography: Martin Senyszak / Photography assistant: Sam Leswi / Styling assistants: Marianthi Chatzikidi, Kaori Oyama / Set design assistant: Chelia Batkin / Casting assistance: Kika-Rose Ridley / Models: Hayett at IMG Models and Lucy Evans at Select MODEL MANAGEMENT