I recently had the chance to get a glimpse of the world of Vogue through the eyes and words of editors and styling experts. The styling week programme at the Conde Nast College in London was an excellent additon to my previous training as an art director for fashion with Central Saint Martins a few months ago.
It allowed me to really put to use my newly acquired skills in styling, having to quickly browse through seasonal trends to create a visual story with location, clothes and make-up, but also having to select the appropriate photographer and model to match the mood of this magazine’s editorial. All this needed to be concisely and aesthetically selected and added onto moodboards in one evening. In other words, a great quality and rapidity combined exercice.
But there was more to this week than planning an on-location fashion shoot. We had to put together the looks for two studio shoots: one still-life for Manolo Blahnik’s new pump shoes line and one fashion editorial. We also met with Susie Forbes (CNC principal) and Zoe Souter (former booking editor for Vogue UK and Easy Living). Both told us a lot about the behind the curtain running of such a prominent magazine. We listened to talks by Karl Willet on styling celebrities and Lauren Alice on the basics of perfect make-up for studio.
Shoes – Pleasure and Pain exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe and through the ages. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes.
“The aspirational have worn stylish shoes to elevate their status as well as their bodies.”
By the end of that week, I was both exhausted and energized. And London Fashion Week was just starting. This major event on the fashion calendar brought the British Fashion Council to the college to host a talk with the master of surrealistic and flamboyant fashion photography, Miles Aldridge. And we got the chance to listen to his views of fashion photography nowadays, before heading to the Vogue House for a well deserved end-of-week cocktail party.
Gareth Pugh S/S 2016. © Jason Lloyd Evans, ID Magazine, 20th September 2015.
If that week was indeed a very intense one, it was totally worth it. I came home with not only great memories and photos but with new perspectives and challenges for the future. And if I knew already that Vogue is not an entry door into the world of fashion photography, I do now have a better understanding of where it should sit on my roadmap. In the meantime, I am ready for new adventures.