Sometimes a dress is meant to remind you of flowers and sometimes it just does: the way it sits on lilly white skin, the way the neckline hugs the décolletage like vines creeping across a Grecian urn, the way the hemline flows out like the trumpeted petals of a blooming foxglove. Between porcelain beauty Rachael Grasso and a wardrobe of delicate gowns, photographer James Broadhurst was seeing flowers. A garden of them, magical, with Rachael the centrepiece of the scene.
Broadhurst’s concept for this shoot was therefore elegantly simple and yet brilliantly executed. Fresh flowers feature alongside the ethereal gowns by Jamie Lee (jaimelee.com.au) and Kitty Grace (kittygrace.com); in one shot a gauzy white veil by Jonathan Howard (hatmaker.com.au) is the only thing separating Rachael and a bed of lavender stems. Complimented by classic hair and makeup by Claire Sibia, each shot tests your eye with a question of whether it’s a photograph or a fine art painting.
Worth indulging in on every level – from the garden of delicately appliquéd gowns to the beautiful photography – you can see all of the shoot by James Broadhurst (jamesbroadhurst.4ormat.com) for Fashionising.com by clicking on the gallery.