Art within art, pictures within pictures, stories within stories… Jean Francois Gschwindt’s shoot for Bambi Magazine is a rare kind that calls you back for repeated viewings, again and again.

Model Alice merges with the cinematic worlds being projected across her, dressed accordingly in a silk kimono, a leather harness. Or she becomes the married woman (“Une Femme Mariée”) from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 film, in one scene her naked body caressed by the impalpable hand of Pierre – the married woman’s ring-wearing husband – and in the next by the disembodied fingers of Robert, her lover.

projections across a naked body

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Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jean Francois Gschwindt for Bambi XVII (NSFW)

The film worlds reflect in Alice’s eyes, and she becomes lost within them. As Gschwindt’s shoot unfurls, you start to wonder if Alice knows which world is the real one and which is just an illusion. Like the viewer in the cinema who sinks into the velvet cushions and the darkness around them, Alice has opened her eyes and entered the Dream State.

It’s the task of the avid cinephile to identify the other films which show up in Gschwindt’s images. But even if you don’t recognise the erotic scenes taking place across Alice’s bodily canvas, every image will intrigue and delight for its clashing of worlds and its brilliance of execution.

Styled by Fleur Huynh Evans, with hair by Carole Douard and theatrical makeup by Odile Subra, you can view all of this stunning work at the gallery, or by visiting Bambi’s issue XVII at bambimagazine.com.

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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.