Saturday, 20 February 2010

Snow White and Rose Red


"There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose trees, one of which bore white and the other red roses. She had two children who were like the two rose trees and one was called Snow-White, and the other Rose-Red."


"Snow-White was more quiet and gentle than Rose-Red. Rose-Red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields; but Snow-White stayed more at home..."


"They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries, and no beasts did them any harm"

The above excerpts were taken from "Snow-White and Rose-Red" by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (The brothers Grimm.) I have had a longheld fascination with fairytales, from childhood. I was read countless tales by my parents, before graduating to reading them myself and listening to taped versions. I have a feeling they have influenced me in countless ways, such as my love of literature and also as a rich source of inspiration. This tale was one I knew, of two young girls and their kindness to a talking bear who turns up at their house.. who then turns out to be a prince. (Obviously! What else do you expect from a fairytale?) The idea of the two polar opposite sisters inspired an idea for a shoot about six months ago. I already had a white dress, but needed to find a red one to contrast it with. Luckily I did, and here is the shoot!

The red dress was fortuitously found hanging in a charity shop. It is Laura Ashley, and I'm assuming it was a bridesmaid's dress in the eighties. Although slightly unnapealing to look at on a hanger, it has that perfect, slightly over the top fairytale/ princess feel- right down to the puffed sleeves and V shaped waistline. It reminds me of the kind of dresses I would draw when I was little! I added a little black vintage belt and red silk shoes from ebay. The pendant is from a vintage market stall.

The white vintage dress was given to me by a friend of a friend. So thanks Clara! I love it.. The detail of the fabric is beautiful, and I love the 'sixties vibe' that it exudes. I have a white top on underneath- though more for warmth. As you can probably tell from the contrast between the white dress and my red hands, it was completely freezing! The shoes are sixties too- thrifted. Slightly too small, but very loved. The ankle socks and tights throughout were christmas presents.

The first and last shots were taken in the remains of a ruined stone cottage that we found. Reminds me of the cottage mentioned in the story!

It was quite a relief to have access to the internet again today. After a web free week on holiday, I was having what seemed to be blog-withdrawal-symptoms! So it was really lovely to log on and find all your thoughtful comments on my last post, I really appreciate it.

Thanks to dad again for taking the photos (& to my family for patience in the cold while the photos were taken!)

51 comments:

Rae said...

Hey I'm the first to comment :D I love this post and how you took the excerpts from the story to relate it to your pictures (which by the way are amazing!). You look gorgeous in your red dress i'm totally obsessing over it! I love fairytales too. Alice in Wonderland was probably my favorite as a kid, and I'm totally excited for Tim Burton's new movie on it!! Check out my blog and feel free to follow it!!

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Dodo said...

Those photos are gorgeous! I love that white dress! And this post made me think of the song 'rose red' from Emilie Autumn!

Ganymede Girl said...

Wow you look incredibly stunning in these shots! The red dress against the green moss is so beautiful. You fit the part of fairy tale princess perfectly!

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AVY said...

I love the second picture, truly gorgeous.

deadweight on velveteen said...

The white outfit is particularly gorgeous :) great post.

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Yud said...

this is better than 'Fashion Gone Rogue'. every post is an editorial with you and they always leave me speechless - you're so creative!

Eli said...

The photos are great. I really really love the white drees, it´s fantastic.

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theTrendyDwarf said...

You look like a model in each of your pictures. Props to you and the photographer. In these pictures you kind of remind me of The Wizard of Oz movie and the main character. I love both dresses, but if I were to pick out which one I like the most it would be the white one simply because it looks knitted. I love EVERYTHING knitted. Lol!
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Jacqueline said...

That white dress is gorgeous and your scenery is too. I love that you tell a story with your photos. Genius. xo

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Pearl Westwood said...

That could be a vogue editorial, I love the mix of fashion and fairy tales, especially brothers Grimm! The white dress is just gorg, I've been looking for something similar in lace, must be a cue for more vintage shopping! x

Serina said...

What a beautiful location! You look completely gorgeous in both outfits, but I have to say I love the white one! Nice post, lovely to read just before I go to sleep :P

x

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Tiny Quirks said...

clever! i love the whole story telling part to it, and that dress red is fantastic!

Nicole said...

beautiful photos!
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adrielleroyale said...

I love the story behind your pictures :) These are all lovely as usual too! I love the full skirt of the red dress - very fairy tale. :)

Lisa said...

Gorgeous photos and I love how you styled the white outfit!

Jezza said...

Utterly stunning! I love both dresses, and you genuinely look as though you've popped from the pages of a fairytale book.
Lovely, as always. (:

battlingthedinosaurs said...

LOVE both dresses!

Quirkygirl said...

Love the red dress!!! It reminds of snow white!!

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Denise said...

Lady this shoot is the clash of Alice In Wonderland and Little Red Riding-hood. And let me say every time i visit your site i have to wear a helmet in case you blow my mind. hahahaha. joke. But , seriously, girl you are brilliant. From the shoots, to outfits, hair and make up.

Have a great day Roz.



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The Lady Nerd said...

This is truly truly beautiful. Not only does it have the feel of a fashion editorial, but you captured what I think the 'essences' of the outfits are (fitting you should be Snow White and Rose Red with them). The photos are well composed, beautifully lit (natural, I take it?), and you are a breathtaking beauty. You have a wonderful classicism about you that I see sorely lacking in many other online fashionistas. From your hair (however do you get it to look like that?! I don't think I could get those waves if I attacked my hair with a curling iron!) to your colouring, it all works in tandem.

All that to say, don't change a thing! Keep it up! I look forward to more of your posts with great anticipation. :)

Rose said...

Completely stunning!

Erin said...

I just happened upon your blog and it is gorgeous...all your photos are so creative and professional...love it! The white dress is my favourite - you could wear it to so many places.

Love love love,

Erin

xx

T. said...

Amazing photoshoot! I agree with some people above me, this looks like a magazine editorial about "Alice in Wonderland", especially the pictures with the red dress.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Wow. I am completely blown away by the beauty of your blog. This post, amongst others have quickly won my heart. Beautiful photos, original and well written text, personal, crafted, inspiring. I am happy to have stumbled onto you and your images. I plan to return soon. (PS: now a follower on Google connect. ) xo. -Bella Q

The Trendy Fashionista said...

Both of the dresses are very beautiful!
I love this photos :)

I hope you had a great weekend
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Carly said...

Your the type of person that makes fashion what it is...... an ART.
Another great post, i love the white look on you, you look like a young Twiggy.

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Jenna said...

Those outfits are absolutely gorgeous!

through the lens. said...

those pictures are absoloutely gorgeous, i might just have to track you down and steal that white dress.

Tasha Gregson said...

Gorgeous, just like a fairytale. My favourites the red one but you look so pretty in both :) !! xx

heroine temptation said...

perfect
its like a fairytale
xax
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HeatherClark said...

these photos are seriously stunning, some of the prettiest i've ever seen on any blog...these give me an alice in wonderland vibe too..the red queen vs the white queen

i really adore fairy tales too. my dad worked for disney growing up so i was pretty much immersed in them

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Lewisia's said...

The lanscapes are beautiful! Were are these photos taken?

June Paski said...

love ur red dress, it's so beautiful and the background of the photos is amazing!

xxx

Patricia said...

Gosh.. I'm discovering your blog and you are very pretty ! :)
The red dress is wonderful. Very nice shots !

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Eli said...

this is so beautiful! I am totally blown away!

Sutton said...

so insanely beautiful!

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BattyNora said...

I love love love it! One of my favourtie childhood fairytales too, and you summed up the narrative beautifully! The clothes are gorgeous (personally i like the white, it looks so pure and Biba-ish, and the red dress is simply dream-like:)); the poses flow so perfectly between the different moods, you really portray the different characters. There's also an edge of darkness and gothic in the pictures that all good fairytales have, mixed in with a kind of whimsical, Tim-Walker- like fantasy.

The backdrops are stunning too...the bridge looks like a troll bridge :D
Love it!
xo

Victoria Bitten said...

absolutely gorgeous!
xxx
vb

mila said...

Wow...this is an amazing post and pictures. I love your clothes, and what a great inspiration!

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Sofi said...

Beautiful!
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coco said...

the white outfit is just gorgeous! love it!

moded'amour said...

beautiful! and i love your hair.

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S. Bernstein said...

Oh my god, these are amazing! You are so beautiful! Such beautiful clothing and landscape, gorgeous.

polka dot said...

Gorgeous gorgeous photos (thank you to your dad, too) & wonderful story & theme. Hope you had a great holiday. I've started (& seem to have misplaced) several emails to you: apologies! After the weekend I'm going to sit down and write to you properly.

Amazing coincidence about Nao! My dream is to do a photo shoot with you, and Nao styling. It's got to happen!

have a lovely weekend x

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

That white dress is gorgeous, im so jealous of your wardrobe!

Roz said...

BattyNora- Thank you so much! Your comments are always much appreciated. And I completely love Tim Walker, so that is a big compliment! When we found the bridge we thought it was amazing too.

Jessica said...

These photos are stunning. I love the contrast in colors with the green moss.

BattyNora said...

Thanks x
The red dress also kind of reminded me of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland that's out soon :D -the outfits are like the Red/White Queens...
xo

Poison Oak said...

Those pictures are a good tutorial on how to wear socks with heels!