Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.
The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month.
While Maxwell had previously been open with his Instagram followers about how his team helped him overcome self-doubt, negativity, and insecurities in order to create his line, in a new YouTube video about the show, he revealed it all got too much for him just before the presentation.
“This season, in particular, they (members of his team) were late getting out of the room to the show because I locked myself in my dressing room and had a full crying meltdown and had to almost breathe into a bag,” he revealed. “They all got up onto the chairs and (started) beating their chairs and saying everything’s going to be great, this is going to be awesome, and everything’s amazing.
“This experience is not about the clothes and has never really been about the clothes… it’s about community, it’s about loving something and the thing you love being able to bring people together. All of the team that I work with come together to really pull out the best in each other. My team does it for me, I try to do it for them.”
In a recent Instagram post, Maxwell told his followers that he was making progress because he was finally able to look back at the runway show and not be critical about everything he saw.
“Sometimes post-show I sit around for a week and criticise myself for what I could have done better, but honestly all I’ve done this week is think about this hair bow,” the 35-year-old wrote alongside a video of a model wearing brown fabric tied in a bow around her ponytail. “Not overly criticising everything in the week after feels like growth, like being nice to myself, so I’m very grateful to this hair bow.”
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