Monday, 27 September 2010
Rust and lace
I've known (red haired) Roz since I was little, as we went to the same primary school, though in different years. We met up again at a drama group showcase evening - she's just got distinction in her gold medal LAMDA exam! And let me tell you, if she's discovered anytime soon as the next young Fiona Shaw for the RSC, just remember that you saw her here first! She is the most electrifying performer. (I'm currently working on my bronze medal, after getting a distinction in my grade five acting.. I can only hope to aspire to her level of performance in a few years.) It was while watching her act that I thought she would be a perfect photography subject. So, after also agreeing to be styled by me, within a few weeks we met up to do the shoot at a local beauty spot.
She was great to work with, as she had plenty of ideas of her own and wasn't afraid to experiment - she also seemed unfazed by a number of dog-walkers gawping as they wandered past!
I was feeling very inspired by early Autumn - so I chose a rust and bark palette of colours with lacey additions. The day started out beautifully and gradually progressed to stormy, providing an interesting array of background colours and lights throughout. There were ominous drops of rain every now and then, but thankfully it held off..
The first outfit is made up of a thrifted Laura Ashley jumper dress, a thirties lace camisole I'd bought the day before at a local 'flea market' (£5!), and my favourite seventies belt. The skeleton leaf necklace was given to me by my grandma and the lace up heels were for christmas.
The second was partly 1940s WW2 austerity inspired. I put together a charity shopped cable knit jumper belonging to my mum, a charity shopped lace skirt (see 'Laced into the Landscape'), and silk 1940s Brettles silk stockings from a vintage stall plus shoes that used to belong to my mum. I bought the Jaeger silk scarf from the Big Chill - the collection is still growing steadily...
The third and final includes a real favourite of mine, my gorgeous russet Vintage welsh wool cape featured back in the winter. I couldn't wait to get it out again - but this time I replaced the original belt with one of my own. Under this I put a charity shopped grey jersey dress and the skeleton leaf necklace again.
Bracelets throughout are the other Roz's.
Yesterday we finally dug out my dad's ancient record player, plus a big box of vinyl records - from David Bowie and Joni Mitchell to Nick Drake and The Doors, there's a very eclectic mix of music. My clothes tastes are like my music tastes - eighties and earlier.
The only good thing about being ill in bed today is the prospect of watching a couple of Mad Men episodes later. I now totally understand all the hype! From the cinematography to the fantastic writing and subtle status shifts or (to state the obvious) the costumes, it is surprisingly addictive.