Accompanying Keira Knightley’s “modern day Guinevere” cover for Harper’s Bazaar UK is a shoot by stylist Cathy Kasterine and photographer Ellen Von Unwerth that channels the season’s Gothic sentiments flawlessly. In one shot Knightley descends a stone staircase in a cloak and winged headpiece, looking very much the medieval queen.

Cloaked Keira Knightley

In another Keira is chain-mailed up, looking a little more like the Hollywood-repurposed Guinevere she played on screen in 2004: the warrior queen.

Keira Knightley chain mail

Historically accurate or not, it’s brilliant inspiration for styling the season’s darkly romantic pieces. The full shoot appears in Harper’s Bazaar UK’s September 2012 issue.

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