Couture on the cutting room floor

What causes some images – some of the most breathtaking, captivating images – to get left behind on the cutting room floor? As lamented by Daniel in the past, print magazines have a physical limitation that the digital world does not, one that often results in ‘wasted art’ never to be appreciated by anyone but the artist. Today we get another sideways glimpse into the editing process by way of Benjamin Kanarek‘s couture shoot – first appearing in Harper’s Bazaar China, now in Harper’s Bazaar en Espanol’s May 2011 issue. The difference between the two? The latter contains additional images.

And aren’t we fortunate they came to light. At first glance one could only imagine that these three stunning images (which can now be found at the end of the accompanying gallery) must have been left out by either some mistake, or some form of editorial insanity. On closer inspection, noting the designers of the pieces, it seems logical to conclude that only the household names made the cut in the Chinese issue. A huge shame, if that be true – not only are these brilliant pieces, but fashion is best when viewed as a journey of discovery.

benjamin kanarek outtakes

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011
Marlena Szoka by Benjamin Kanarek: Harpers BAZAAR China, April 2011

To continue the discovery also check out Benjamin’s blog – he has some great information about the designers and the complexity of the pieces featured in the bonus shots.

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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.