“My first campaign was with Paolo Roversi in 1985. We had met in Paris, but I was living in London at the time. I told him that I wanted to capture the fragility and sensuality of women, so we spent a lot of time trying to find models and searching for new faces. We were good friends, we spent four days on our first campaign, and we wanted it to be perfect. The season after we met in London, we were crossing the street and there was this girl playing a guitar. She was blonde with a beautiful strange face. He just went up to her and she told him that she had just arrived from Australia and that she was looking for money. So we asked her to come to the studio and we started to take pictures of her. We just met girls in that way, I guess I like the idea of finding people. It was Kirsten Owen, she was just 14 years old and we found her on the street.
Looking back, I have so many fond memories of working with Paolo, but one was a nightmare. We tried to make a movie, so we spent 10 days working in Paris and girls were flying in and out on Concorde. Then, in the end there were no frames, they were all black and nothing had developed. It cost a fortune. I was always drawn to his ability to capture the private moment of those girls, and I wanted to underline his kind of attitude.