NEW YORK — Since making her debut as a Jil Sander exclusive back when Raf Simons was the brand’s creative director to last month when she walked for the same designer’s final collection for Dior, there has always been a lyrical quality to Hedvig Palm. The grace with which the Swedish beauty moves suggests she is in possession of a most accomplished interior symphony orchestra. The truth behind the supposition is not terribly wide of the mark as it so happens Hedvig has been playing the cello since the age of nine and spent much of that time playing with an orchestra. Music continues to be a hugely important part of Hedvig’s life. She grew up in a musical household in Sweden, one in which she regularly played music with her multi-instrumentalist parents and brother. Although Hedvig does not play the cello on a daily basis, something she misses dearly, she nevertheless finds solace in jazz, especially its vocalist greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Performing music is something that has imbued Hedvig with a confidence that is unique to musicians. Far from cracking under the enormous demands of playing with dozens of other accomplished musicians in an orchestra, the experience helped Hedvig forge and even stronger character, one tailor-made for the demands of high fashion whether she’s walking the runway for Givenchy or starring in an advertising campaign for Valentino.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Hedvig Palm”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Hedvig Palm.