Beauty amidst decay, that theme that always resurfaces; the opposing poles of what is and what will inevitably be. Melodie Dagault stands amidst what looks to be an abandoned power station, ghosts of light flickering in its now empty halls, the knobs and switches of its control panels long unused. Who isn’t fascinated by the haunted, forlorn emptiness of abandoned buildings? They have an eerie beauty that stems partly from the sadness of imagining what they used to be, for the life that once coursed through them – and partly from the potential of what they could be returned to if only they were loved enough.

In Taki Bibelas’ shoot, Dagault wears only the most breathtaking of evening gowns. But she, like the building, is in decay. She’s dirty, bandaged. With that, Bibelas and stylist Sabine Maeulen make sure that the dresses stand out completely against both model and backdrop.

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Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12
Melodie Dagault: Madame Germany, January '12

The shoot is titled Feen Zauber – Fairy Magic – and appears in the January 2012 issue of Madame Germany.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.