Excerpts from The Skirt Chronicles' third volume.

Who could resist a book with a title like that? And it delivers.

Who could resist a book with a title like that? And it delivers.

Not for Everyone

If a home without books is a naked home, my home has ten layers of clothing on and can barely breathe or walk. I don't know exactly how many books I own, but my best guess (counting how many fit in a shelf and then counting how many shelves I have) is around 2,000 or 3,000. My apartment is not big at all, the accumulation outgrew the place a long time ago. I'm always worried that the weight of the books will sag the floors and cause me trouble. Every time I come home with a bag filled with paperbacks, the doorman gives me a weird look, something like, "Are you sure?"

Written and Photographed by JORGE DE CASCANTE

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La Donna sulla Nave

"There have been real destinations like Anafi and Palermo. Anafi for me represents more a spirit of freedom and of holidays but I don't necessarily take inspiration from them. Even Palermo, it was more an atmosphere and a certain type of light, things that we like, such as a spirit which is a bit decadent but also modern. We always start with the materials. We look at them and then think, “what can that become?"

Interview and Styled by SARAH DE MAVALEIX & Photographed by TIM ELKAÏM

Batsheva Hay is wearing one of her dresses.

Batsheva Hay is wearing one of her dresses.

Romance and Robes

Since I started making dresses, our relationship with the camera has only become more interesting. It’s unclear when the photos are personal and when they are for my brand. It really all blends together. I always felt like the camera and Alexei—because he is such a playful person—allowed me to play characters, so my clothing now adds to the charade. We are creating a character that is some version of me. It is also so nice how safe I feel in front of the camera with my husband behind it. Even if I look tired or puffy-eyed, I feel good about myself because the images come from a place of intimacy and warmth.

Written by BATSHEVA HAY & Photographed by ALEXEI HAY

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Little Grey Boxes

"I was always very interested in the making of things, and I wanted to have something a bit bigger and somehow more permanent. I used to go to jumble sales and that is where I found this beautiful shirt: very short, softened with age, made of very good quality cloth, and tiny stitching. It was beautifully made and I thought, I would like to make a shirt like this. I used to make my own clothes and I used to make shirts for myself as opposed to a blouse or something like that. I always had a love of the construction, of all the little bits to a shirt. These kinds of classic traditions that are long-standing inspired me to start producing shirts."


Jacqueline Schnabel photographed by Sheila Metzner for  Interview  magazine in April 1988.

Jacqueline Schnabel photographed by Sheila Metzner for Interview magazine in April 1988.

Mercer between Spring and Prince

Metzner photographed Jacqueline wearing a black Alaïa shell, floating in a space dominated by sculptures, towering racks, and partitions that were objets d’art in themselves. In one image, she lies atop a bronze sculpture with the letters CVJ, for “Come Va Jacqueline?” emblazoned under its head—the letters echoing the “AA”s painted on the coffin-like glass cases, which Schnabel had created by transforming sculptures he had originally made in 1986, as part of a conceptual tomb to honor the German artist Josef Beuys. “One thing gets born out of another,” he said.