Charlotte Kate Fox for Backstage magazine

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There’s a phenomenon in Japan known as the ‘asadora,’ which is a 15-minute TV drama shown in the morning before people go to work. The word ‘asadora’ comes from the Japanese words ‘asa’ (morning) and ‘dora’ (drama). One of the rising stars of this television genre is Charlotte Kate Fox, who plays the lead in ‘Massan,’ a new asadora from NHK Television. Her character is based on Jessie Roberta Cowan, aka ‘Rita,’ who together with her Japanese husband, Masataka Taketsuru, founded Japan’s whiskey industry.

Interestingly, it was the last shot I took that ended up on the cover. Sometimes this happens – perhaps because we’ve ‘built up’ to that moment, or because by that point the model’s guard is down and she’s behaving more freely and naturally. It’s always interesting to notice at what point during a photo shoot ‘the magic’ starts happening.

We had an Issey Miyake dress for the shoot, which was a lot of fun to play with – the shape was organic, abstract, sensual and also strange. As she walked, the dress bounced up and down gently.

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