Friday, 11 June 2010

The little mermaid - dreaming of seaweed


Continuing the green theme of the last few posts, here is another fairy tale inspired outfit! I bought this 'two piece' at a vintage fair a couple of months ago and it immediately reminded me of sea weed, and in turn, 'The little mermaid.' (The original Hans Christian Anderson version of course! I have to admit I was put off the Disney version after having to endlessly rehearse a song from it for a singing exam.) So where else to take photos but on a beach?

This two part 'dress' was the first item I saw when I walked into an amazing local vintage fair. On the hanger it looked incredibly jewel-like and the texture really stood out. In fact, it almost resembled a pea green yeti on a coat hanger! I promptly tried it on (the zip is a nightmare with all that fringing) and decided it had to be mine. I do spend quite a large proportion of my meagre budget on vintage clothes, but items like this will always have a longevity and stay timeless.

The fact that it is a two piece means it is all the more versatile. The top half looks great with a tied belt, skinny jeans and brogues, and I'm already thinking about the fun experimentations I could have with the long skirt on its own...

For this mermaid ensemble I added some suitably aquatic jewelry. The fish skeleton necklace was found in a charity shop, and the crystal necklace was my great-grandma's.
I suppose I imagined it as an outfit the little mermaid might have created when she found herself on the beach, suddenly a human. Taking seaweed to fashion a long dress, and some... erm.. crystals she had found lying around and a fish skeleton to fashion into accessories fit for mer-royalty.
No shoes here - well, the little mermaid wouldn't have been able to walk in heels, especially on sand!

For these photos my mum and I had to get up at six-thirty to capture the early morning sun and an abandoned beach. (They were taken on holiday.) Mum wielded the camera as dad refused to get up that early on holiday! It was magical though - a stunning day, completely clear and it was already warming up by the time we went back for breakfast. 

The location was completely perfect, the real life sea weed complimenting the outfit. I love the dramatic structure of the posts covered in a layer of green, like they have got dressed up too. 

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my photography - my mum was incredibly flattered!

47 comments:

fractured skeleton said...

absolutely stunning photos dear, the green two piece is amazing too! also, you have the most beautiful hair dear, just like a mermaids <3

Jessy said...

love the whole post!! green dress is amazing!

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Indigo said...

yeah I agree...your hair is so lovely :) XXX

Olivia Isabella. said...

Absolutely stunning pieces. Totally jewels of a find.
You work this shoot perfectly with your long flowing hair and height... it definitely creates the effect of this shoot.
UO x
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calivintage said...

these photos are so incredibly amazingly beautiful!

Page said...

love this post!!! you really do remind me of a mermaid.. lovely scenery as well!!!
page

Dina-Dyorre said...

Roz, this is one of your best yet! It was certainly worth getting up that early so you could capture those magical shots. Do you love the smell of sea air? For me, it's one of the best things about it. I always forget just how good it is when I'm deprived of it for a long time. I do hope you brought it back home with that dress :)

Juliet said...

AMAZING BEACH!
very beautiful place!:)
I love it!
you look gorgeous!

kristina said...

you have gorgeous hair and the color of the dress really does remind me of mermaids. whats your hair secret? its pretty

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said...

These photos are beautiful! Like all the shoots you do, they seem so mature.
(Also I'm very impressed by the tolerable nature of your parents, and their talent with the camera!)

Kimberly June said...

THESE ARE AMAZING! The one next to the mossy post....breathtaking.

Pearl Westwood said...

It looks fabulous, how is the fringing made? Its hard to tell almost like silk feathers! It is very Prada A/W 08 when they did the bright furry collection x

Courtney O. said...

oh my gosh, stunning hair! and this so reminds me of the little mermaid, well done!

styleodyssey said...

now this AND the one of your mum are your best posts ever! your mermaid 2-piece dress is divine. what a find! it's nice that you kept the outfit pared down, no shoes, a deserted beach, early a.m. light (magical!!!)

reckless daughter said...

wow! what a dress!

Laura Gerencser said...

You really do look like a mermaid!!:):)

Tanya said...

These are incredible! definitely my favourite yet, and your hair looks so stunning....

CalamityJem said...

AMAZING PHOTOS!
The vintage two-piece looks utterly stunning & so unique...I'm green of envy ;)
...xXx

A.newman said...

This is by far my favourite of all the shoots you have posted on your blog! The lighting, colours and settings of these photos are perfect, and I love the shot of you flipping your hair!

Closet Fashionista said...

WOW!! That looks so great!!! :D
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Tee Sea said...

What an odd yet striking dress...great find!

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Dylana Suarez said...

The texture is fabulous. So so magical!

olivia said...

I have just stumbled unto your blog, and I am enamoured with your style and beauty! You should really be a model, love. You remind me of Kiera Knightly. xxx

Blindcopy said...

this is absolutely beautiful!

Carly said...

Wow, this two piece is amazing. Whats the fringing made out of?
I especially love the shot of you against the post and then against the wall on the steps, I love the positioning of your body in both.

I hope you keep a big portfolio of all your shoots, it would be amazing to have a huge book to keep looking back at to see how you've progressed. Although I suppose your blog is like that, I'm forever looking through your older work, you're extremely talented.

Well done for yet another amazing shoot Roz.

Carly x x
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Lucy said...

ahh soo cool! i think the shaded one of you next to the post is awesome, like youre twins hehe
ah its a shame you couldnt come to the grad shows, was it too far away?
ive realised that i recognised you from an editorial in SO-EN a japanese mag, you wore one of House of Floras hats! (im working on her press folders) you looked lovely :)

much love xxx

Darling L said...

Wow, you get to inspire me more and more with every post, you look stunning :)

Elliejane.x said...

I love these photos, you never fail to put up a a set of photos that make me want to go and take my own! x

Daphne said...

This is magical. You make me feel like running to the woods and take pictures for my blog.(I should do that by the way, there are no pictures of myself in my blog yet. What's wrong with me?) Anyway, this is a wonderful blog post, but they are all. :) Love, Daphne

fashiondancer said...

This is such an incredible set of photos and that dress is too fantastic! I love how you have your hair in mermaid-esque waves as well ♥

danniekate said...

what dedication! you have lovely luscious hair, treat it well + it'll thank you! x

Raez said...

you have such an eye for amazing clothes! these are fantastic, you certainly looks like a modern Ariel!

Love the beach location too, so dreamy;)

have a great weekend!
xx raez

mirror said...

i lovee it! i could never pull off that dress, but i love how you pulled off the mermaid theme!
-M-

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Helen [In Elegance] said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos.

daisymay said...

Think these are some of my fav shots of you ever. They are beautiful! I have sent you an email too about a post I am writing!
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LyddieGal said...

what a cool look - I admire your dedication to wake up that early for the light!

Chic on the Cheap

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

"I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown."
- T.S. Eliot

Again, you amaze. The intuitive thought you put into a story behind a shoot is incredible. Fish skeleton necklace to go with the "sea weed" dress? What wonderful details! The photos are wonderful, really more like a magazine editorial than a 15 year-old girls outfit post.

And the Little Mermaid pre-Disney is one of my all time favorite "fairy tales." I'm obssessed with the melancholy mermaid theme. I want to do a collection called "La Sirena." Based on well you know, the tragic calling of mermaids. I would like to repost these pics when I do.

-Bella Q, http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com

Is This Real Life? said...

stunning pictures love the dress!

Ruby And Siel said...

Perfect location!

stina said...

so beautiful pictures! (: and I also like your profile picture :)

Cath said...

wow, you literally look washed up on shore in the fourth picture! Brilliant!
you never run out of ideas, do you?
I'm anxiously awaiting your next post...I hope it comes sooner than later!!

BattyNora said...

aw absolutely stunning :D
the 'dress' looks like such a special find, and i love the simplicity of the shoot. The greens of the dress look so vibrant, next to the moss/seaweed :) All the elements of the beach and blue sky link so well with the vertical lines of the dress, it's a brilliant idea for a shoot and looks so spontaneous!
I hope the dress didn't get sandy :)
xx

Lecon de vetement said...

sooo pretty!

Catherine said...

The photo of you next to the pillar is just beautiful! The shapes compliment each other so perfectly. The pillar takes on an almost human personality. Easily one of my favorite posts of yours— keep it up!

- Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
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The Fashion Cloud said...

These pictures are just incredible!! especially the third one with you standing next to the log of moss, just stunning!!

so glad i have discovered your blog

xx
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Brooklyn said...

have you considered wearing the skirt as a dress?
that's the first thing I do when I get along skirt.
I love your blog!

p.s Although you must get trillions of requests to check out peoples blogs I'd love for you to vist mine and give me some tips. But i only have one outfit post so there is not really much of a point....