Passion projects are inspirational, fun and an important way to foster creative growth and express artistic style. They are time consuming, challenging and so very worth it.
Last summer, Mila and I came up with the idea to create a styled photo shoot for the winter season that would be visually dramatic and Gothic in style with a hint of bridal elegance. The stark forrest landscape near a cabin that we frequent in Oklahoma was the perfect etherial setting; however, I was concerned that wardrobe would would get damaged. Being that I already have a love of fashion and some modest sewing experience, I became determined to design and create a gown for the project. The vintage silk fabric I found was the perfect medium for a cowl neck full length gown. Adding a removable black tool skirt that could be worn as a cape or shawl occurred to me later in the process and adds a fun and practical touch. A pair of Sperry Top-Sider Rain Boots matched the style and the environment perfectly. For accessories, Mila Kolitsova hand crafted a custom floral headpiece of black silk and genuine Swarovski crystals using traditional french millinery tools.
Once we returned to North Dallas, and in one last fit of inspiration, Mila and I decided to adorn her hands and arms in silver glitter and find a location with a similar natural landscape for the last few exposures. I am pleased with the outcome and find myself motivated to start on my next passion project!