The second year fashion students had been set to create 5 scarves, to photograph them with the help of the second year photography students whilst incorporating different themes 1) Razzle Dazzle 2) Wonderland 3) Circus 4) Day of the Dead. Alongside this each group was given an artist for inspiration. Our group (Group 3) had been given musician, author, actor and all round artist Nick Cave to emulate in both style and subject matter. We had been particularly inspired by “Soundsuits”, a photographic series which showcase elaborate wearable sculptures made out of random materials like sticks, stuffed animals, sequins, and sock monkeys all created by Nick Cave. The photographs and designs are outrageous; exude excitement whilst movement of the materials and the models identity remaining a mystery are all key elements in which we could experiment with.
Myself, Imogen Wall and Heidi Culverwell used the studio, two lighting kits and two Canons EOS 5D Mark II to form the base setting of the fashion shoot and all took it in turns to take images. We all felt using a simple white backdrop emulated Cave’s style more effectively whilst making the fashion students designs more vibrant. The fashion students brought props such as balloons and colourful papers, whilst props courtesy of the performing art students taken from the dome in the Ellen Terry building, allowed us to experiment with a variety of settings, the use of suitcases evoked the idea of ‘travelling circus’ whilst the use of mirrors allowed us to create some more surreal shots. Below are the final six images we chose to submit: