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Chelsea Girls –by Fabrice Mabillot


Fabrice Mabillot dove into photography in 2005 after nearly 20 years as an Artistic Director and graphic artist. He has a very sensitive and unique approach, attached to bodily grace and sensuality, women’s femininity and nonchalance, and the innocence of young girls. He was quickly adopted by the press and major labels, signing photo shoots for prestigious brands including Erès and numerous editorials in, among others, “Dealer de Luxe” with whom he works regularly.

In addition to his fashion photography, Fabrice also loves to travel. He goes just about anywhere in the world, wherever he can capture pictures of girls and journeys, enriching and nourishing his photographic universe. He travels often to West Africa, Southwest Asia, and the United States. During his first visit to New York, Fabrice accidentally ended up at the mythical Chelsea Hotel, sung by Leonard Cohen and Nico. He was amazed by the outdated charm of this effervescent 1970’s artistic beacon with its aging apartment style rooms: white wall paper, retro furniture, leaking iron radiators, yellowing walls. A decadent and nostalgic movie set. Inspired by the hotel’s spirit, he stays there every time he lands in New York. It is the pretext and setting for his series “Chelsea Girls”. Always the same, but always different, each girl spent an hour or two with Fabrice at the Chelsea Hotel. He captured their natural beauty, placing them in the rooms and letting the atmosphere inspire them. These Chelsea Girls are sensual, bearing secrets of love stories, of the faint scent of suspended desire.

Magali Berthon

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