Scenes from Velázquez, the candlelight longueurs of Barry Lyndon (a feast of slowness, not just for Kubrick completists), darkness pierced by Enlightenment art and thought – the restraint and order of neoclassicism has a strong allure for our chaotic times. Up the ante, play your ace and observe, come morning, that pearly beauty and perfection come hand in hand with corruption.
Self-expression became more subversive and creative during the neoclassical period. At the same time, women started to put on façades, wear social masks and consciously consider the multiplicity of roles they played.
LEFT: earrings BY ALONA
What goes around comes around, even after 200 years. The grand seriousness of neoclassicism, its pretention (in a good way) and elegant sense of manners feel wildly appealing. Call it a contrast to junk culture, call it a return to grace, call it a moment for painterly muses. Let’s just agree these jewels and silks are fit for late-night revels among libertines, rakes and dandies.
photography SHINI PARK
art direction CAMILO GONZÁLEZ
styling MARIAN NACHMIA
hair & makeup KATE TIGHE
writer SOPHIE DENING
behind the scenes photography SIMON SCHMIDT
bts assist YIANNA HADJIPANAYIOTOU
production CUBE COLLECTIVE
project management ANNA HOLMFELD
assist HANNA YI
assist SABINA WESTON
retouch ALE JIMÉNEZ
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