• Fashion photographer Vikky Ivie and I collaborated on a hauntingly poetic editorial for FLUR MAGAZINE. Victoriana is inspired by a bygone era where decadence, class and power were the social currency of the time. Despite the editorials name, when sourcing clothes and accessories I took influences from various periods throughout british history; tudor, victorian and edwardian. It was important to me that the styling embodied all of these eras without focusing on one in particular. The gothic shadows and morbid allure that dominated the fashions of the time are captured through theatrical collars, ornate accessories and crushed velvets in bramble berry shades. 
    Other influences came from old fashioned aristocracy where an outfit was worn to symbolise the families status and wealth. Throughout history the rich were adorned in black clothing simply because it was the most expensive dye, reflecting opulence and grandeur. 
    As a stylist I try to bring together original, period clothing and antique jewellery with garments from recent collections. There is a beautiful harmony in playing with time and creating a look that is made up of different eras. I styled this editorial using antique pieces such as a 1920’s crushed velvet purse with an accordion, gate-top, brass opening. Alongside vintage brooches and crystalline beads I used a top hat that dates back to the 1850’s and is labelled ‘Harman & Son. Late of 87 New Bond St. 65, Jermyn St, S.W. (One door from St James St)’ There is something quite surreal about the fact a gentlemen purchased this hat in London during the victorian era, and yet 160 years later it is still being used as an expression of sophistication.

    Romantic hair incases the models sullen expression whilst ruffles of lace and flickering gemstones are combined with elements of anglican worship and regal poise. Victoriana pays homage to the blackest fashion trends that were so prevalent through out western history. With appreciation for the eras ability to kindle enchanting beauty and style out of the darkest shadows.
    Behind the scenes

    Jewellery – vintage // Red crushed velvet bag with gate-top opening – Courtesy of St Margaret’s hospice charity shop // Velvet coat & lace floor length dress – Maggie Seunghye Rhee

    Velvet bow head piece – vintage // embellished pearl collar – Zara // Crystalline necklace – vintage // White blouse and black satin and lace waistcoat – both Rokit vintage

    Black velvet dress – Vintage Laura Ashley // Ruffle blouse – Rokit Vintage // Jewellery – vintage // Black lace gloves – vintage

    Sheer sleeve blouse – TBA // Original Victorian top hat – vintage courtesy of St Margaret’s charity shop // Jewellery – vintage // Black velvet bow dress – Red Valentino

    Black lace evening coat – vintage // jewellery and lace gloves – vintage // Lace dress – Maggie Seunghye Rhee

    Final photographs shot by Vikky Ivie
    See the editorial on FLUR MAGAZINE here.

    Photography – Vikky Ivie
    Styling – Jenna Walters
    Hair and makeup – Keiko Nakamura
    Model – Bryony @ Oxygen
    Production assistant – Carla Scaramuzzino
    Clothing and accessories – 
    St Margaret’s Hospice Charity shop
    Maggie Seunghye Rhee
    Jasmin Ferguson 

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    1. October 23, 2013 / 12:54 am

      Wow these are gorgeous. From the model to the styling and shoot. Well done !

    2. October 23, 2013 / 12:54 am

      You absolutely nailed the look, great job!

    3. October 23, 2013 / 11:11 pm

      This is the most amazing shoot I have ever seen on a blog! This is totally impressing me it's awesome! X Anna

      http://www.fashionanna.com

    4. November 11, 2013 / 11:45 pm

      this is gorgeous!

    5. November 11, 2013 / 11:45 pm

      This is too perfect! Love the makeup look, and oh all the clothes!

    6. November 13, 2013 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It was a pleasure to style and use so many interesting pieces! Xx

    7. November 13, 2013 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you so much Hayfa! 🙂 Xx

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