Pygmaliona: breathing life into a myth

Sometimes it’s hard to decide which is more beautiful: an artwork, or a living thing. A painting or sculpture may be missing the warmth of the lifeblood that courses through a human’s veins, may be missing the beating heart and the humour and the ability to feel empathy; but an artwork is also missing a human’s flaws. Perhaps that’s what made Pygmalion so in love with his stone-cold Galatea.

Reinterpreting the Pygmalion myth, in a way, is this shoot by Yulia Zhdan. In her version Pygmalion is feminised to Pygmaliona, herself as flawless as any classical sculpture or painting. Only in this version her works of art are never brought to life by Venus’ breath. She remains alone.

pygmalion fashion shoot

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com
Pygmaliona by Yulia Zhdan for Fashionising.com

Flawlessly styled by Anna Litkovska in classically feminine dresses, with soft makeup by Vika Oleynik, Pygmaliona takes a story worth of reinvention, and uses it to create something beautiful.

You can view the full shoot by Yulia Zhdan (yulzh.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.