When asked to do styling jobs it is normally for a company, event or agency, so I very rarely get to flex my 'artistic muscles' - by that I mean I have a brief to adhere to and don't have too much leeway as the client is always right (even when they're not).
That's why, when I was asked to style this project and was told 'Just do what you want' I got all excited and started trawling markets, charity shops and costume shops straight away!
This became a sort of passion project that I did with the impossibly beautiful Lizzie Robson and the wonderfully talented Marie Harkness they were both accomidating (when I turned up with a pink wig, tins of paint and rolls of material) and also massively enthusiastic.
I have been wanting to get my Picasso on for a long time- I love to play around with paints and this was so much fun- I made a dress out of some ribbon and stiff netting that I found (it only just lasted the duration of the shoot) and splattered paint all over Lizzies face, hair and the make-shift dress... Is it wrong that I kind of wish the dress hadn't broken so I could wear it- I'm sure I could find somewhere appropriate to wear a see-thru, paint splattered dress...
The pink wig is something I have wanted to use for a while- Britney Spears called and wants it back - Channeling a sort of futuristic Marylin Monroe with a pastel over-tone (Don't think I have used them quite enough recently) Lizzie managed to make it look just as seductive and covetable as THAT white dress in 'The seven year itch'!
The last look, a kin to Man Ray's 'The tear drop'- is one of my all time favourtie shots.
I am obsessed with Natalie Portmans makeup in 'Star wars' kind of Alien queen meets Geisha, and wanted to modernise it with just a few necklaces and some architechtual posing.
Thank you girls for providing such an inspirational environment and for putting up with my hair brain ideas ;) Girl power and all that!