Ode to a flower

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.

rachael grasso by james broadhurst

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Rachael by James Broadhurst for Fashionising.com
Rachael by James Broadhurst for Fashionising.com
Rachael by James Broadhurst for Fashionising.com
Rachael by James Broadhurst for Fashionising.com
Rachael by James Broadhurst for Fashionising.com
Rachael by James Broadhurst for Fashionising.com

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.

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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.