Hurry up! Wait!

Two hours before the models hit the runway, it’s a lot of hurry up and wait backstage at the fashion shows. There is the hustle of getting makeup and hair done, as well as rehearsing the runway choreography. Then the models just wait to step out before the crowd. Here are some  scenes from the Feb. 7 Academy of Art University show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

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