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.
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.