Young, male models employed for the night to serve the guests, preparing in a side room. Confused?
The juxtaposition of this scene cracks me up. I'd been employed by the National Gallery to shoot behind the scenes material on what was a huge private function for the fashion retailer, COS. The brief: shoot what you see.
It's safe to say there were more fleeting glances at Instagram than studies of the Caneletto or Caravaggio masterpieces on display... such is (modern) life.