Mad Eyre: the lesser told story

Everyone has a story, it just depends on whether their story is the one being told. In the land of TV and film, it’s not uncommon for peripheral characters to be awarded a spin-off: the spotlight leaps onto their lives and the story keeps unravelling with them at the center of it. We might find out their backstory, what made them who they are.

But sometimes we never really understand those characters who are, deliberately or not, drawn into the orbit of the protagonist. Bertha Mason is one such character, the madwoman in the attic in Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre. All we know of Bertha is second-hand information – we never get to hear her side of the story.

jane eyre inspired fashion shoot

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Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano
Mad Eyre by Eleonora D'Urbano

Eleonora D’Urbano’s shoot Mad Eyre brings Bertha more deeply into the equation. Model Maryana Hordiytsyak plays both Eyre – governess strict and upright in lace collared dresses (styled by Amina Tardella) and crown braids – and Mason, all wild-haired and descended into madness. In this vision of the story, the two women are in many ways one and the same. The mad confusion of the soul can happen to anyone.

Martina Capone did the dramatic hair and makeup for the shoot, which you can view in full at the gallery.

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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.