She’s no angel: The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova

When religion trespasses the shores of the fashion world, you can expect the results to be anything but uncontroversial. Naughty nuns, spiritual decadence, plays upon forbiddance and innocence, chained in tradition or pure avant-garde, we have seen it all, as the fashion industry continues to cross lines and push boundaries. Photographer Elena Kuznetsova pursued the clerical inspiration by taking yet a different path.

With the accent falling hard on both Gothic beauty and fashion, Elena Kuznetsova’s vision explores the sacred grounds without it feeling in the least offensive. Quite the contrary, as the editorial modeled by Hoang Oanh sparks the inspiration and drags you right into the story. Hardly an angel and more of a temptress, she graces the land of the Dame Basilica, effortlessly blending the light into the darkness.

religious fashion shoot

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The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio
The Last Virgin by Elena Kuznetsova for Vietinio

The ravishing portraits framed by white delicate wimples and black veils, are complemented by the flawless make-up created by Ngoan Nguyen. Featuring garments from Vietinio’s spring / summer 2013 collection entitled ‘The Virgin’, the editorial is a mix of symbolism and modern art. To view the entire editorial photographed by Elena Kuznetsova (Facebook) click on the thumbnails above and pursue the gallery.

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Shaped by all things beautiful and feminine, Nicoleta Parascan’s first steps towards entering the captivating world of fashion were taken somewhere around the young age of six, when she received her very own first fashion magazine. Discovering an entirely new universe, filled with pretty ladies and beautiful clothes, there was not much able to ever beat or compete with the fantasy land that was suddenly opening up. Surrounded by books, constantly thinking about the next best outfit, in search of a signature style and defined by a nostalgic calling towards the past, Nicoleta believes in taking chances, in destiny and in building her own path in life. When she’s not writing, you can easily find her playing with her cat, reading an old book, watching movies, exploring the city or blogging her own daily adventures.