The title is synonymous with Stravinsky’s famous ballet, whose jarring rhythms and narrative of a pagan ritual in which a girl dances herself to death caused, arguably, the most famous riot in the history of classical music. But while Dalton Louis‘ face-painted, dancing model could easily be interpreted as the maiden from Stravinsky’s ballet the photographer’s inspirations were not quite so dire. Model Alexandra isn’t being sacrificed entirely as an offering to spring, rather she’s an incarnation of Persephone, sacrificing three months a year in the underworld before emerging, bringing spring’s passage with her.

The styling by Tosin Ojo reflects the seasonal transition of fallen leaves disappearing under the sprouting green stems and flowers of spring. The full waved hair – styled by Guslene Bubak – is Rossetti-esque, a Pre-Raphaelite’s vision of the Greek Myth.

Rite of Spring by Dalton Louis

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Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis
Le Sacre du Printemps by Dalton Louis

Against the icy backdrop, the spring colours of Dalton Louis’ Persephone stand out even more. You can view the full shoot by Dalton Lewis, Le Sacre du Printemps, at the gallery 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.