One day, when Dale Robertson’s career as an actor comes to fruition, we might look back on his job working in the Western Australian mines with intrigue – the same way we devour the fact that Johnny Depp once worked as a pen salesman, or try to picture the days that Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. Celebrity has a way of enchanting us with every detail. But while Dale’s job may be gritty, it’s a sign of his dedication and drive, a smart and talented young man drawn to the art of being in the spotlight.
Where modelling is concerned, however, this shoot by Kelly Defina marks Dale’s debut. This is one spotlight he hasn’t been in before, but like any good photographer drawn to a muse, Defina saw something in Dale that she knew would make for captivating viewing. In her shadowy black and white portrait of Dale, captured in the late night wind and rain, Defina played to his semi-androgynous and uniquely multicultural look.
The styling is part masculine, part feminine: an embellished Thurley jacket, heeled boots, an oversized YSL bag. Groomed to match by hair and makeup artist Shev Kelly, it’s a shoot that plays to the subtly intriguing side of ambiguously androgynous fashion.
View the full series of photos of Dale Robertson, shot by Kelly Defina (kellydefina.com) for Fashionising.com, by clicking on the gallery.