The strange case of Kaspar Hauser

In 1828 a teenage boy surfaced in Germany claiming to have spent his entire childhood in a dark cell, with no contact from the outside world. What followed can’t be recounted with any great accuracy: Hauser was put into care but fled after being attacked (he claimed), accidentally shot (perhaps), and later stabbed (fatally). Some speculation will say he was a fallen decedent of royalty. Other accounts peg him as a storyteller craving the spotlight. Either way his name remains floating in popular history overlaid with a giant question mark.

Along with inspiring various film and literary references, Hauser’s story is the unlikely inspiration for a fashion shoot by Marjolein Audrey Banis featuring designs by Charlotte Kiekebos. Focusing not on the mystery of what really happened, Banis’ shoot looks instead at the world from Hauser’s point of view. If Hauser indeed spent his childhood in darkness, how did he see the world once in the light?

Charlotte Kiekebos by Marjolein Audrey Banis

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Forgotten Subject by Marjolein Audrey Banis
Forgotten Subject by Marjolein Audrey Banis
Forgotten Subject by Marjolein Audrey Banis
Forgotten Subject by Marjolein Audrey Banis
Forgotten Subject by Marjolein Audrey Banis
Forgotten Subject by Marjolein Audrey Banis

Colours are bright, overwhelming; a blue sky is both dauntingly endless yet beautiful. On pale skin, hidden from the light, the sun is a stranger. Makeup by Anika Roelink accentuates the pallidness of isolation.

A unique inspiration for a photoseries, you can view all of Marjolein Audrey Banis’ (dashdot.nl) Forgotten Subject 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.