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Dazed & Confused

An answer to the question "What does a stylist do, anyway?"


Dazed & Confused November 2009
Styled by Kate Shillingford

Photographed by William Selden

Hair: Raphael Salley

Makeup: Anami Nishimura

Model: Katlin Aas


Kate Shillingford styled this editorial for the November issue of London-based Dazed & Confused and managed to offer a stunning riposte to the idea that stylists are somehow less important in the world of fashion than their designing betters. Anyone who can take pieces from such of-the-moment, avant garde designers as Watanabe, Galliano, McQueen, and Westwood and reimagine them as costumes for Elizabethan-style portraiture is someone who's earned every penny they're paying her. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and somehow get you to believe that a pair of Nina Ricci heel-less silver platform boots would look right at home in the court of the Virgin Queen.

Enjoy the beauty, kittens. We did.



Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Collection
Model: Magdalena Frackowiak





John Galliano Fall 2009 Collection/D&G Fall 2009 Collection
Models: Chanel Iman/Regina Feoktistova


Ruff: Chanel - Dress: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci




D&G Fall 2009 Collection/Vivienne Westwood Fall 2009 Collection [Shoes: Nina Ricci Fall 2009 Collection]
Model: Diana Farkhullina/Ekat Kiseleva




Junya Watanabe Fall 2009 Collection [Dress: D&G Fall 2009 Collection]
Model: Viviane Orth




D&G Fall 2009 Collection
Model:
Diana Farkhullina/Iris Strubegger




D&G Fall 2009 Collection [Leggings: Atsuko Kudo - Shoes: John Galliano Fall 2009]
Model: Yulia Kharlaponova





Burberry Prorsum Fall 2009 Collection
Model: Anabela Belikova




[Images: TheFashionSpot/Edita/Style.com]



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83 comments:

Beautiful...if not all that new. But isn't it really the photographer, client and stylist who conceive and produce the shoot?


Absolutely stunning.


I don't see how any of those shoes or outfits look victorian. I don't think the wardrobe stylist achieved anything, it seems to be the makeup and poses that bring that feeling, not the clothes.


@ B Rye...if anything, they're supposed to resemble Renaissance portraiture. The one of the gold squirrel reminds me of this painting by Holbein:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Lady_with_a_Squirrel.jpg


Squeee! I love!

I think I may take to carrying a golden squirrel around with me just for fun.


Stunning!


Stunning. I think the full-bodied pictures were less successful, but the others were perfect.


I will be copying one of these looks. Of course, with my own spin.

Is the Golden Squirrel related to The Happy Squirrel?


I so can't breathe right now!

BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!

They are so beautiful to me that I've decided that I don't care who's idea it was or which part of the crew achieved the look best and I don't care if they really look like Victoria or Renaissance or any other period.

In my world they simply are and they are simply gorgeous.


WOW
JUST
WOW


Portraiture. Pure poetry.
I wish I could have prints of these for my walls.


Astonishing. What an eye. The model's features work perfectly for this.


Absolutely beautiful. My one tiny complaint is that I don't like the background of some of the pictures where you see like cords, paintbuckets, etc. It kind of takes you out of the fantasy.


BEYOND gorgeous. Totally stunning and a reminder that 'fashion' should delight the eye.


totally fab......but - ok, the penultimate look - what is that black thing sticking out of the crotchular area? it kind of looks like....well.....a strap-on.....


Applause, applause, applause!


Love the image with her holding the skull. Very Hamlet!


Just to clear up any confusion:

The "Virgin Queen" is England's Elizabeth I (1533-1603; ascended the throne in 1558), who never married or had children, possibly because she was traumatized by her father Henry VIII having her mother Anne Boleyn beheaded. Fashion during her reign was characterized by both the high ruffs and low squared bodices seen in some of these shots.

Queen Victoria (1819-1901; ascended the throne in 1837) presided over an even longer period and saw plenty of fashion evolution. She had nine children and was not the dour old "Widow of Windsor" who always wore mourning until her consort Prince Albert died in 1861. In earlier years she showed plenty of shoulder!


Nicolette said...
totally fab......but - ok, the penultimate look - what is that black thing sticking out of the crotchular area? it kind of looks like....well.....a strap-on.....


I'm sure that is suppose to be a codpiece.


Whoa. The makeup, the hairstyles, the profile portraits, everything is stunning. But WOWZERS my feet HURT just looking at those ladies the ungodly high heels. That is the work of the devil!!


i absolutely loved this.


Wow, what a stunning editorial. Thanks, TLo!

I like the intentional peek of steam pipes, electrical wire/lighting we get in the background of some of these shots. A very quirky touch to the whole modern meets 16th century feel of the whole editorial.


Heel-less boots. I will not wear them unless I one day find myself with heel-less feet. Ridiculous.


Gorgeous, especially the portraits type shots. I am breathless!!!


honesty.not.pc

LOOOOOVE IT. It all works for me accept the purple Galiano shoes. Those stuck out like a sore thumb and pulled me out of the editorial.

I studied portraits of women in the renaissance for a class in college and this was a fun a beautiful homage to ideas about female beauty and power during that time.


So ravishing, and so original.


What a beautiful way to start the morning. Thanks, TLo!

The Sartorialist had a couple nice photos of Kate Shillingford recently:

http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/2009/10/on-streetfriends-paris-london.html


There's actually a range of styles in the portraits, starting with Tudor references and moving through to the Restoration.

None of them, however reference any part of the Victorian era.


What wouldn't I do to be in that model's place. Absolutely GORGEOUS. *drool*


I am a huge fan of fashion photography and am lovin' this group. I wasn't familiar with Kate Shillingford's work, but I am now. Love all of the designers in this group. Thanks for posting such a lovely and inspiring piece.

- edina -


Why do people keep bringing up the Victorian era? T Lo never mentioned it.


That is awesomely cool! Now if only they used Cate Blanchett as the model...


Stunning. I LOVE the anachronistic use of the Ricci and Galliano shoes.

Not to tangent too much off into history, but Margaret said: "The "Virgin Queen"...never married or had children, possibly because she was traumatized by her father Henry VIII having her mother Anne Boleyn beheaded."

That could be a psycholocial component of her decision, but Elizabeth I was brilliant, stubborn, and absolutely loved her people and her country; she didn't marry because she didn't want to subjugate either herself or England to a man's rule and relegate herself to brood mare status. Besides, the one man she loved and wanted to marry -- Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester --was deemed an unsuitable husband for a queen. I suspect when she couldn't marry him she didn't want to marry anyone.

But I digress...gorgeous pics!


Gorge! As a fan of the era I appreciate the blend of those styles with modern fashion. Excellent photos.


As an historical costumer and fan of avant garde fashion, this just makes me squee with joy! gives me lots of ideas too! Thank you so much for sharing!


Wow!

That's all I can say. I'm still amazed by this!


Just wondering....how does one walk in those Nina Ricci heel-less silver platform boots?


That could be a psycholocial component of her decision, but Elizabeth I was brilliant, stubborn, and absolutely loved her people and her country; she didn't marry because she didn't want to subjugate either herself or England to a man's rule and relegate herself to brood mare status. Besides, the one man she loved and wanted to marry -- Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester --was deemed an unsuitable husband for a queen. I suspect when she couldn't marry him she didn't want to marry anyone.

Elizabeth was also able to use the promise of marriage as a negotiating tool in her dealings with the male monarchs of other countries. They never seemed to catch on that she had no intention of yielding her sovereignty or her country to any of them.


DAMN she is working that feather McQueen!
Fabulous spread. Now I'm wondering how I can rock that Boleyn-like headdress for streetwear... :)


Imaginative eye candy, thanks! But the shoes are still ridiculous.


Amazing. I'm seeing Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hilliard.

This is genius.

But, more important, who designed the earrings she's wearing with the Chanel ruff and the Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress? They are awesome! (I won't bother to ask where I can get them, because I know I'd never be able to afford them, but a girl can dream, can't she?)


Stunning...but how in the world did that model manage to keep her balance in those gold boots?


The photos are wonderful and the selection of certain pieces (and omission of others) was artful.

Now, about the shoes. Some border on sadistic. (not a good thing). But was there a chance that they were trying to mimic or at least pay homage to the clogged shoes that strapped onto regular shoes so that ladies could walk across muddy streets and keep themselves out of the muck? IIRC that was the first place I ever heard about six inch heels.


I love, love, love this fashion spread.

Tulip


Sandra Dee said...

Just wondering....how does one walk in those Nina Ricci heel-less silver platform boots?


Very, very carefully.

lol


and on your tipey-toes


how does one walk in those Nina Ricci heel-less silver platform boots?

That's just what bothers me-- they're not heel-less. They have vestigial heels, as if they're evolving away from having heels but haven't quite made it there yet. Which doesn't make sense, since a designer can make shoes look however he/she wants. So, feh. I think they're ugly.


Everything else, however, is beautiful. ;-)


Amazing photography and great stylist, they made a puffa jacket look something else!!?! I need these peoples help....I'm popping into town!


The photography is great, I love it. They definitely accomplished what they wanted.


3rd look: A touch of greatness that is also pure cheek. The stylist put a Galliano blouse underneath a D&G strapless cocktail dress.

Love this. Inspires me to dream of the novel containing all these women, and its movie.


Thank you, Anonymous 3:31! I was going to bring the same thing up myself!

Are people that neglected of history that they can't get VICTORIA-N from ELIZABETH-AN separate?


Squee, Westwood! This styling is gorgeous!


To be fair I dont think the Victorian comments are so out there... the hairstyle with the little plaited loops is very 1830-1840's...

Just sayin'

The whole flair of the piece is very Elizabethan mind you


Absolutely beautiful!!!

Where can I find a golden squirrel?? Ha!

But this doesn't answer what a typical "stylist" does. This is a high fashion photography stylist, not a celebrity stylist, which I think is what most people wonder what on earth they do beside shop for celebrities.


Wow, they featured my favorite item from the watanabe collection, that gorgeous coat.

Anyway I am MOST impressed. Very beautiful pictures and rather art.


I love Queen Elizabeth. She's one of the historical figures that made me love history and eventually become a history major. ^_^

I think it was the McQueen feathers that did it for me, but did anyone else see Queen Amidala in this, or was it just geeky lil' ol' me?


STUNNING and the model is gorgeous!


This is so amazing, thank you, guys.


They look like Michael Parkes paintings as much as photos.


i'm not dorothy gale

Gorgeous eye candy.


Gorgeous editorial. Just goes to show it takes a lot of people to pull off such a shoot.


This is a stunning collaborative effort that feels as if it could be used for an avant garde period film.


Gorgeous styling. Loved how she used the clothes to achieve this, and how she added baroque elements, such as the skull. Cheri


B Rye said...

"I don't see how any of those shoes or outfits look victorian."

I didn't even know that's what it was supposed to be because I didn't read TLo's awesome text (too tired dearies) and just looked at the pretty pictures. A lot of the bodices felt Elizabethan to me and...oh yeah...neck ruffs. Not Victorian for sure. Wrong queen.


The portraits are so spectacular, the full length shots, though, lose some of the magic. One of the shots really reminded me of a Velasquez portrait...The codpiece--eh, not such a great idea, I think. Made me laugh and I don't think that's the intent of the editorial.

I have to say, I paid little attention to the clothes.


This is an amazing editorial, and you guys said, "a pair of Nina Ricci heel-less silver platform boots would look right at home in the court of the Virgin Queen."


GORGEOUS!!!


Love the quattrocento portraiture and attention to Piero-esque details. I agree with beautifulmonday who wants these for her walls. Mee too!


Rillion said:
"...They have vestigial heels, as if they're evolving away from having heels..."

Love a little Evo Devo talk with breakfast!

Pictures are beautiful, very frameable.


Wow. These pics have a very Chirstian Siriano feel to them. -victoria


LOVE the pearl drops hanging from the hair tendrils to mimic the look of earrings. Very Dutch Renaissance-y. The profile shots are just gorgeous.


Fabulous! I've made Elizabethan and Renaissance costuming my life's work, and I'm blown away by this stylist's interpretation.

As for Elizabeth's never having married, I'd guess that having been molested by her stepfather at the age of 13 had a lot to do with it, but we'll never know for sure. Not even if we find a letter in her own hand stating "the reason I have never married is..." . She was far to astute a politician for us to assume she'd be telling the truth.


WOWOWOWOWOW. Wow.


Grandma corpse. Skull fuck. Deleting did not dull desire.


Thank you gentlemen! Love love love! XX's


I know this has been said, but apparently, it bears repeating:

Elizabethan = circa the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603), aka the style of these photos.

Victorian - circa the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), aka not the style of these photos.

And B Rye, if you mean to tell us that these clothes do not evoke the Elizabethan era, then you need to pick up a textbook.


Gorge!


I love it all, but it *does* make me think somebody's been watching The Tudors and dreaming of ren-faire. ;)


Sorry, but now I just got the Zep tune playing in my head.


the photographer and stylist capture the beauty of this clothes





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