Centurial dress


Sometimes a production starts out with only a few ingredients that may have nothing to do with one another but end up becoming something amazing when arranged in such a way.

This particular creation started out with the dress. I was at Vanity fashion boutique out on 6th ave shopping around when I stumbled upon this dainty little yellow lace piece. When I took it down to get a better look, my heart rate sped up and my breath quickened. Nothing says "get this item" like an adrenalin rush. After some negotiations with the shop owner, I walked out with two magnificent vintage dresses; both of which have gone on to be a star players in two of my favorite shoots. This particular garment was quoted at being from around the 1910s, which makes this delicate piece of sheer lace around 100 years old. 

The age of this dress gives it an element of something ghostly, ethereal, mysterious, and almost supernatural. What experiences has this petite piece of cloth witnessed? And how in the world has it made it this far, still intact with only a few rips and frays? 

It became a study as to how something so frail can be so strong. 

Sharon, our model is 19 years old.  When she told me her age I was shocked. Her manor was so wise, calm, mature and steady. The contrast made her a perfect fit for the centurial dress. When she tried it on, of course it fit perfectly. It slid over her body with ease and zipped up the back without complaint. 

This theme of strong and frail is repeated throughout the series. Something I didn't even notice until I was analyzing them to do the write up.  Delicacy and durability are reflected in the positioning of her feet compared to her expression. You can see it in the hard texture of the chair with it's rigid straight lines compared to the soft flowing texture of the dress curves and bends. The stillness of her hands and the movement of her hair. 

The lighting was just one big octagon soft-box situated above at a 45 degree angle. Black backdrop. Old chair and garden ornament I found at an antique store for the headpiece.