The ‘Gismonda’ dress, a nod to Prague’s most famous artist of the Art Nouveau, Alfons (Alphonse) Mucha.
Created in a pale gold French lace, this wedding gown was named for the poster that Mucha designed for Sarah Bernhardt’s appearance in the play of the same name….it was his first of many collaborations with the greatest stage actress of the era, and it was this poster’s appearance all over Paris on 1st January 1895 that first bought him to prominence….
A huldra (from the root meaning ‘covered’ or ‘secret’) is a creature from Norwegian folklore, also known as the skogsrå or Tallemaja (Pine tree Mary) in Sweden, or Ulda in Sami mythology
Another darkly atmospheric shoot in Norway with Mona and Barbro (the Dag Drømmerne creative force)……
I first met Norwegian photographer Mona Moe Machava last year in the South of France at a wonderful photography workshop hosted by charming Lisa of the Norwegian Wedding Blog. This was a fabulously creative few days led by JFD faves Koby and Terilyn of Archetype Photography…..a chance for photographers to meet, socialise, learn, and share ideas in an idyllic setting in the hills outside of Cannes.
Anyway, I have been following Mona’s work via Facebook since then and have fallen in love with the magical images she captures in the forests and fjords of Norway with her creative partner Barbro, collectively known as ‘Dag Drømmerne’, or the Day Dreamers.
I was so thrilled when they asked if I’d like to collaborate on a shoot or two, and jumped at the chance to send some gowns over to Norway earlier in the summer.
These delicious images are the first results of that collaboration…..
Part IV of the ‘Into the Woods’ shoot captures the classical beauty of the ‘Tadema’ design, the structured gilded lace of the warrior queen bodice offset by the suppleness of the cobweb soft tulle and silk chiffon skirts…
Florals; Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium
A wonderful set of images by photographer Martin Fryatt, taken at magnificent Allerton Castle in Yorkshire, as part of a styled shoot organised by Jen Brook and Walter’s Wardrobe.
Model Arielle is wearing the JFD ‘Krysanthe’ gown in gilded guipure lace and metallic silk organza
Headpiece; HF Couture
MUA; Abi Pulleyn
Stylist; Jen Brook for Walter’s Wardrobe