How do you dedicate an entire issue of a magazine to Royalty, in a world where Monarchs are a dying breed? Thus far from what we’ve seen of i-D magazine’s Royalty Issue, including this shoot of Daphne Groeneveld, the magazine is stroking the creative brush across our imagined ideas of what royalty is and can be, rather than the present realities.
Since fashion and culture are inextricably linked, perhaps the influx of fairytale TV shows and films (think Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and ABC series Once Upon a Time to name a few) is shaping i-D’s image of royalty. Alastair McKimm’s styling mingles ancient kingdoms from throughout history with fairytale ones, and what’s born are warrior queens who rule with an iron fist. Perhaps, in real life or the pages of fiction, this is the Royalty of the future.
Titled Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen, the Amy Troost photographed shoot asks models Julia Frauche, Karlina Caune, Daga Ziober and Maria Bradley what they’d do if they were Queen for a day.
You can view the full shoot at the gallery above.