Drawing a vintage silhouette

In the absence of complex backdrops or props, stories or special effects, some fashion shoots use only shapes to convey their message. Hark back to the 1950s and fashion photography often revolved around a model’s ability not to create fluidity and movement, but to create sculpture-like forms.

This shoot might as well be a pairing between Dovima and Richard Avedon, such is the emphasis on shape and pose. If you turned each photo into a mere silhouette, removing all the detail, it would still hold just as true to the outfits which are complete from hat to gloves to shoes. Long skirts pool around the feet into mermaid-like tails; hands cinch in at the waist reinforcing the job of belts into womanly hourglass shapes; fur provides the texture that keeps all of the looks voluminous and full.

astrid shon magazine

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine
Astrid: Schon Magazine

While it may almost pass for vintage due to the careful poses and styling, this pictorial is actually from the latest issue of Shon Magazine and was photographed by Bo Brinkenfalk.

You can view it in full by clicking on the thumbnails above.

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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.