Visionary Photographer: Madame Peripetie

Sometimes I stumble onto something I like and it’s so beautiful I want to share it with the world.

Definitely the case when I came across Madame Peripetie‘s works. Based in London, she is inspired by Robert Wilson, Sci-Fi and character design in her photography works.

Dream Sequence 1- 2012

Dream Sequence 1- 2012

Metamorphosis (Daisy Feng)

Tristan and Isolde- Opera Magazine

Il Salone -Moga e Mago

White shoot for Central Saint Martins

Dream Sequence – 2010

Her photography seems to be stories told in a surrealistic way; static and frozen yet totally poetic.

See more of her images here.


X Alex

(Images from Madame Peripetie)

Wedding, snorkeling and so much more…

As you probably may not know, I got married and had just returned from a short getaway honeymoon. So sorry for the the lack of posts and thank you Sybil for holding up the fort while I’m mentally and physically away the past two weeks. I enjoyed the wedding process much more than I imagined. It was really nice to have all my family and friends at the same place celebrating and sharing my joy.

During my trip to Krabi, I had the chance to go snorkeling, white water rafting, elephant trekking, ATV-‘riding’, on top of just relaxing and having a good time. The biggest feat personally was going into the sea of fishes to admire the corals as I have a ridiculous fear of fishes. It was definitely worth overcoming my fear for as the sight beneath the water was truly beautiful. The bright blue and yellow fishes were magnificent in the light of the water and I even got a view of a sea snake and a gorgeous turquoise blue and black striped sea creature gliding among the corals. All that before some of the other tour mates started throwing bread crumbs at me to lure the schools of fishes over.

The trip inspired me to look at couture inspired by snorkeling and I wondered how I could have missed these trends. Designers like Peter Pilotto, Herve Leger and Michael Kors seemed to have been inspired by scuba suits too.

(Left- right: Peter Pilotto S/S 2012, Hervé Léger by Max Azria Pre-Fall 2012, Michael Kors Resort 2012, Bottega Veneta Resort 2011)

On a totally different note, as I was searching for images of underwater fashion, I came across the works of Kristy Mitchell.

Everything’s so gorgeous, I suggest you drop by her webpage or her Facebook to take a good look!

Eye candy for the monday blues!


X Alex

(Images from and kirsty mitchell)

Fashion Photography: Richard Avedon

It had been a busy season.  My brand has officially launched and it’s been fun in the midst of hectic planning and mad production rush.  Definitely a rollercoaster ride of emotions.  Just want to thank Sybil for keeping this space updated.

We’ve finally finished our photo shoot a couple of days back.  Truth be told, I haven’t done a fashion shoot for years and as usual, in fashion, all things turned out differently from plan.  The model was late, the weather got wet, so instead of an outdoor shoot, we had to rent a studio.  Maybe a blessing in disguise with the campaign and lookbook shots.

Anyway, while looking for inspiring photography and I came across Richard Avedon.  Sybil wrote about him previously here.

He may have already passed on but his photography caught my attention with portraits of movement and moments.  When I told my photographer that I wanted to ‘capture a movement when time stopped’, she said, “Isn’t that what photography is about?”.

Perhaps indeed photography captures a moment in time and imprints it onto a sheet of paper, but what I love is capturing a movement.  Maybe that’s why I love underwater photography.  Everything looks so fluid and so surreal.  You know they must be moving to maintain their position under water, but the gracefulness is just breath-taking.

Richard Avedon was known for showing models full of expressions and movements in a time when the norm was having models stand still and without emotion.  His work experience involves Harpers Bazaar, Vogue & The New Yorker.

I’ll just let his photos speak for themselves.

Dovima with Elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, August 1955

Homage to Muncaksi, Carmen, coat by Cardin, Place Francois-Premier, Paris, August 1957.

Renee, “The New Look of Dior,” Place de la Concorde, Paris, 1947.

Tilly Tizzani, raincoat by March and Mendl, New York, July 1964.

Passante du Siecle portfolio; The 1990s, Stephanie Seymour, in Chanel, Paris, APril 1995.

Beautiful, isn’t it. He does colour shots, but somehow I’m more charmed by his black and white images.


“I speak through my photographs more intricately, more deeply than with words.”
~ Richard Avedon


X Alex

(Images from richardavedon)

Michael Muller: Underwater photography

Inspiration comes in all forms. I am personally a very visual person and love seeing strong visuals that pop out.

While I was researching for fashion shoots recently, I came across beautiful works by Michael Muller, a photographer who captures vivid colours using photography.  I love his signature underwater shots; especially those that lean towards fashion photography.

There is something about the way the fabrics flow underwater that is so captivating and mesmerizing.

Here are some shot of his.

Hope they inspire you as much as they did to me.

X Alex

(All images from stockland martel)

Too delicious to be eaten

It’s ridiculous.  They are made of food but we recognise them instantly from this season’s runways.

Award-winning Italian photographer, Fulvio Bonavia, has done it again.  Known for his creation A Matter of Taste, a publication of photography documenting food as fashion, Bonavia worked as a graphic designer and illustrator of film posters before his venture into photography.

With assistance from former Vogue editor Giovanna Battaglia, the latest looks from this season’s collections has been translated into a fashion spread for Dasha Zhukova’s Garage magazine.  These creations pay homage to Alexander McQueen, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Moncler through lettuce, orange slices, walnuts and anchovies.

What can I say?  Food, fashion, photography… all of them translate into art in the hands of an artist!

X Sybil

(Images from Flavorwire and Fulvio Bonavia)

200th post! Transforming an art form to another: Richard Avedon

In examining fashion, it is essential to also consider photography as an important art form which communicates and, in the hands of geniuses like Richard Avedon, transforms fashion into another medium of art.  Works by photographer, Richard Avedon (1923 – 2004), are known to define America’s image of style, beauty and culture.  His works were featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and The New Yorker and in ad campaigns for Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein Jeans and some many more.  Having exhibited widely, his photographs are in the collections of world class museums such as Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and Kunsthaus Zurich.

Avedon’s passion for photography is inspiring and contagious.  He said, “And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.”

Below are several of his past works which have left an impression on me.

Of course, no discourse on fashion should exclude a genius like John Galliano.

An exhibition of Avedon’s early fashion photography is on show now at Gagosian Gallery in Paris.  The photographs were selected by Avedon in 1978 for the portfolio Avedon/Paris, on the eve of a retrospective exhibition of his fashion work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They depict celebrated beauties in high fashion, including Marlene Dietrich in Dior, Dorian Leigh in Piguet, and Suzy Parker in Lanvin-Castillo amidst the cafés, nightclubs, and street life of post-war Paris.

Visit the exhibition at 4 Rue De Ponthieu, 75008 Paris.

X Sybil

(Images from Richard Avedon’s website)

Lee Miller exposed

If you have never read about the colourful life of Lee Miller, now might be the time to do so.

Born in 1907 in Poughkeepsie, New York, Lee has worked with many talented people  throughout her life. She was a model to renowned photographers Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene and Arnold Genthe, worked with famous surrealist artist and photographer- Man Ray, and established her own studio first in Paris then in New York.

Lee Miller in Uniform, London, 1944. Photograph by David E Scherman.

She later became a photo journalist and was probably the only woman combat photo journalist who covered the war in Europe and other historical events. She returned to Voigue to work for 2 years, following which she contributed to her husband’s biographies about Picasso, Miro, Man Ray and Tapies.

Lee was known for her portraits of famous artists and Surrealist images.

Just reading her biography makes me excited about this exhibition held in conjunction with the European Month of Photography 2011 in Luxembourg. There’ll be 100 photographs from the Lee Miller Archives and a catalog listing the research of her photographic style and motivations.

LEE MILLER exposure
Matches a No Man Land. Luxembourg. Step 1944
From 5th March 2011 – 2nd October 2011
Centre National de L’Audiovisuel
Tues to Sun 10am to 10pm

X Alex
(Image from Telegraph UK,  inyourpocket and Centre National de L’Audiovisuel, information about her biography from leemiller)

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