Beauty and tragedy are so closely intertwined – the latter serving to heighten the former, for beauty is truly appreciated once we realise just how fragile it is – that anyone to this day would easily name Romeo & Juliet as the ultimate romance. Shakespeare’s great story still ripples its inspiration across the years like waves across a pond. Designer Cheryl Curtis of Saisonniers is amoung them, her fall 2013 collection inspired by the the character of Juliet, a “true, natural and vulnerable beauty” who she sees as far removed from our present world “where feminine beauty seems so often entwined with overt sexuality and over confidence.”
To capture the essence of the garments she enlisted photographer Mark O’Grady. “Instantly I knew I wanted to create something that was inspired by pre-raphaelite paintings. Something dramatic, yet soft and feminine.” O’Grady achieved that by using the warmly-lit, historical backdrop of Goldbrick House in Bristol, and a creative team that included hairstylist Lukas Sheyka and makeup artist Jenny Davies to round out the romantic, feminine and yet vulnerable beauty looks.
With the collection based around natural materials like lace, silk, and cotton, long hemlines and rich colours, Saisonniers’ (saisonniers.4ormat.com) Juliet collection is a modern update on one of the literary world’s most well known classic characters. You can see more of Mark O’Grady’s (markogradyphotography.co.uk) shoot of the collection by clicking on the gallery.