Hanging Rock reimagined

Travel about 70km northwest of Melbourne and you’ll happen upon Hanging Rock; an eerie formation that rises up from the ground like a cluster of giant tombstones. It was formed when the ground decided to spew out magma some 6 million years ago. Even in spending much of my own childhood nearby, the sheer age and volcanic birth of that hulking stone burial ground failed to capture my imagination. Instead the history of the place was, and still is, overshadowed by a legend: the disappearance of a party of Victorian-era schoolgirls who picnicked there one fateful day.

The Picnic at Hanging Rock story was a fictional one; but, thanks to its ambiguity and mockumentary format, the sheer power of its mystery lead it to transcend fiction and become urban legend. In her shoot for Fashionising.com Kelly Defina re-imagines the Hanging Rock story with a modern twist. The three girls picnic again on the rocky hillside. The influence of Victorian fashion shapes itself into parasols and corsets and bustling frocks – sourced from modern labels with a hint of vintage, all with a distinct anchoring in the modern day.

kelly defina picnic at hanging rock

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Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina
Hanging Rock Reimagined by Kelly Defina

Rach Harris styled the looks on models Olivia Kranz, Gemma Browne and Fi Macrae.

Click on the gallery below to view the full shoot, including all the credits and details of the pieces that feature in each frame.

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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.