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Hybrid Modernity

Photographer
Shini Park
Art director
Camilo González
Stylist
Marian Nachmia
Hair & makeup
Kate Tighe
The Photo-Secessionists believed in photography as art. Reportage or documentary didn’t interest them. They championed subjectivity and manipulation, wanted to secede from convention and make images that were painterly.

FEATURED IMAGE dress KRISTINA FIDELSKAYAnecklace ANABELA CHAN 
ABOVE dress ANEST COLLECTIVE, earrings ANNA-KARIN KARLSSON

They championed subjectivity and manipulation, wanted to secede from convention and make images that were painterly. Images that realised their inner vision, transcended time and constructed their own truth.

In 1849, Elizabeth Siddal is a young, working-class woman, employed at a millinery near Leicester Square in London, when in walks the painter Walter Deverell. He famously describes her as “magnificently tall, with a lovely figure, and a face of the most delicate and finished modelling… she has grey eyes, and her hair is like dazzling copper, and shimmers with lustre.” Almost overnight, Siddal becomes arguably British painting’s most sought-after muse. Deverell paints her as Viola from Twelfth Night. John Everett Millais portrays her as Hamlet’s Ophelia, floating in a river, singing, just before she drowns. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, her husband, paints her as Dante’s Beatrice. But Siddal is more than that, more than simply a muse. She writes verse and is a painter in her own right, endowed with enough talent to convince the great art critic John Ruskin to buy her work.

Time slips.

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OPPOSITE IMAGE dress ANEST COLLECTIVE, shoes NEOUS

She takes Paris by storm and is painted by John Singer Sargent, Augustus John and Pablo Picasso. She is friends with Fauré, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Sickert, Cocteau and Cecil Beaton. She pioneers the modernist aesthetic in interiors, later becoming a mentor to the legendary interior designer Jean-Michel Frank. Her motto is ‘Elegance means elimination’.

In 1882, Eugenia Errázuriz moves with her husband from Chile to Paris. The daughter of a silver magnate, she has been celebrated since her youth for her beauty and radiance. She takes Paris by storm and is painted by John Singer Sargent, Augustus John and Pablo Picasso. She is friends with Fauré, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Sickert, Cocteau and Cecil Beaton. She pioneers the modernist aesthetic in interiors, later becoming a mentor to the legendary interior designer Jean-Michel Frank. Her motto is ‘Elegance means elimination’.

Time slips.

coat DICE KAYEK
OPPOSITE IMAGE dress ELEANOR BALFOUR

She wakes. She was there. But now she’s here.
In someone else’s space. She sits. Poses. Remembers that she is used to being someone else, which feels easier, sometimes, than being yourself.

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bracelets ANNA-KARIN KARLSSON, shoes DEAR FRANCES

The room is uncluttered, assembled. You get a great sense of its chosenness, of how things having been weeded out until only the essential remains. There is something painterly about it, about this way of creating space.


She feels a sense of continuity, a kind of golden thread that runs through one thing and then another, a kind of sisterhood that transcends time and constructs its own truth.

skirt and top EMILIA WICKSTEAD, shoes JOSEPH
OPPOSITE IMAGE coat BY MALENE BIRGER, bag MANU ATELIER

bodysuit MM6 MAISON MARGIELA, bracelets ANNA-KARIN KARLSSON

She feels a sense of continuity, a kind of golden thread that runs through one thing and then another, a kind of sisterhood that transcends time and constructs its own truth.

coat A.W.A.K.E. MODE, blazer, trousers and poloneck JOSEPH,
shoes JIMMY CHOO

photography SHINI PARK
art direction CAMILO GONZÁLEZ
styling MARIAN NACHMIA
hair & makeup KATE TIGHE
production CUBE COLLECTIVE & NATALIA KOWALCZUK
model BELLE PIERSON via PREMIER MODEL MANAGEMENT

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Featured in Issue No. 4 Step
ALL GREAT VISIONARIES – Eugenia Errázuriz, Pierre Cardin, Lee Miller – know that the first step is the hardest but that, once taken, the momentum is with you and anything is possible: steps forward, steps back or, most exciting of all, a delirious dance into the unknown.
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