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These are the bits you don't see at fashion runway shows

These photographs give you a glimpse into the world.

ON THE RUNWAY, models look poised and preened to perfection.

But backstage, things are a bit more manic. Photographer Matt Lever works behind the scenes, and has snapped photos of the parts the audience don’t get to see backstage at international fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

His photos are featured in the new hardcover book Behind The Runway, from the Dublin-based Roads Publishing, the company owned by Danielle Ryan, daughter of the founder of Ryanair.

Michael Kors, SpringSummer 2011 Michael Kors, Spring/Summer 2011 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

As well as the photos, the book features input from fashion icons like Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and models like Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne.

We’ve selected some of the photos that show the sort of things that go on backstage – from the instructions the models are given (above) to the last-minute tweaking of outfits (while the models are wearing them).

Alexander McQueen, SpringSummer 2013 Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2011 Rehearsal Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

Balmain, SpringSummer 2010 Balmain Spring/Summer 2010 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

Diane von Furstenberg, SpringSummer 2010 Diane von Furstenberg Autumn/Winter 2011 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

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Dolce & Gabbana, Alta Moda, January 2013 Dolce & Gabbana, Alta Moda July 2012 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

Dolce & Gabbana, AutumnWinter 2013 (2) Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, July 2012 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

Fendi, AutumnWinter 2010 Fendi Spring/Summer 2009 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

Sonia Rykiel, SpringSummer 2010 (2) Sonia Rykiel, Spring/Summer 2010 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

Gianfranco Ferre, SpringSummer 2011 Gianfranco Ferre, Spring/Summer 2011 Source: Matt Lever/Roads Publishing

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