Perfectly executed is the contrast between the two stars of this shoot by Steven Klein: Crystal Renn, at times looking wild-eyed like a woman possessed, has dishevelled clothes and messy wet hair. Karolina Kurkova, the matron of this mental institution, has pristinely set blonde hair, buttoned-up collars and skirts in perfect uncrumpled lines. It’s not a new idea for portraying a strict style of clothing, but it’ll blow you away none the less.
While Kurkova is bound by the strictness of her garments and her facaded look, Renn is bound by literal ropes and straps. There’s nothing beautiful about Renn’s treatment or about Kurkova’s icy character, but between the emotion delivered by the two models, Klein’s photography, and styling by Ludivine Poiblanc, it’s yet another winning shoot for the March issue of Interview.
Indulge in the full shoot of Crystal Renn & Karolina Kurkova in Strict Institution at the gallery above.