I found this runway to be most relevant to how i want my look outcomes to seem. The subtle blend of animal print with typical 80’s aesthetics is a favourite look of mine, particularly when adding this use of large shoulder pads within the suit jackets. The styling of each outfit prioritizes oversized accessories such as the large buckle belt and dangle diamante earrings which is an image i definitely aim to pursue. I think i should use the same animal print items throughout each look but in various functions or ways so that it looks like a running item that would be advertised in a magazine or editorial. Hopefully, this would make the images link to one another better and bring all the concepts together surrounding the idea of beauty standards growing.
I also thought i should show these layouts from within the Vogue Italia polaroid issue because it could help guide me when actually creating my final piece. I have got a lot of polaroid shots anyway and wasnt sure on how to lay them out so using this as a template would make my final book look professional and creative.
“THE POLAROID ISSUE”
I found this entire issue so aesthetically pleasing and loved how it was all made to be seen on polaroids – completing the overal idea of my final outcome which is ideally going to be a retro type archive. What interested me the most within this aesthetic was how Steven Klein had the models in every editorial showcased in really eccentric posing. Whether this was meant to reflect an 80’s type feel, for research for this project it really links. Relating back to this idea of posing again to define an 80’s period even more, i will take inspo from this entire issue and try and complete similar postures and expressions to these. This way i know they still look editorial, high end and quite eccentric when it comes to relating my original style of work to it.
Headshots similar to these would be really creative and would help me expand my skills in photography completely. Not only this, but itll allow the concept of beauty to be really filtered through for the viewer, especially if i have a make up artist that really creates a strong, bold look of which would be typical of the 80’s. I can imagine showing similar posing to this in my location through the use of the long mirrors located within the hairdressers where the model could be peering into. I also find how shes positioned almost religiously through this editorial in the same format but doing various posing within that sort of structure. Although i want to use the entire room for the shoot to depict the theme of beauty in the strongest way i can, using these quite expressional postures could be fun to also play around with.
Coming across this 80’s Vogue cover and example of editorial, i realised i would need to make this shoot much more glamorous than i was expecting. I think hair and make up needs to be a key element wthin my styling so hopefully i can find a make up artist to help out. Especially as i want this to surround the concept of beauty again, i will really need to push the beauty looks within each set of styling. I am now completely aware of the type of accessories that would work to help create a luxury but 80’s feel for my looks. Long, overpowering diamante earrings and necklaces is what i should aim for which will also help exaggerate and highlight the areas of animal print that i am using to showcase pattern structure.
As my research develops through this path of 1980’s fashion in modern day editorials, it is becoming very obvious of the type of garments i will need to use to achieve a luxury, 80’s image. This use of large oval shaped arms, asymmetrical necklines and giant shoulder pads are just a few ideas that i could effectively adapt upon. I am interested in using evening wear for this shoot because i think it will best get across an image of high end fashion and could compliment the location of the retro hairdresser’s quite well, especially if the palette will be mostly monochrome. I also think itll be best because the previous shoot focused on beauty techniques – supposedly before an evening out – and pictured maybe more of a teenage hood theme. Using a more high end approach will enable me to give a different outlook of beauty standards that i want to show, because it could be seen as an older woman and the similarities that run throughout growing from a teen to a young woman. It will also make this shoot much more editorial instead of a more personal aesthetic like the previous shoot. I can also use this editorial as inspo for the sort of hair and make up that could work for the looks. I love this slicked back, glossy hair approach that enables viewers to easily see the focus point of the accessories. Having the oppurtunity to shoot in a hairdressers could also give me access to the equiptment there which i could use within the styling, especially within the hair to help me achieve a strong 80’s feel.