What I really love is to take an evening to scan through all of my epic and nostalgic issues of Vogue that are perfectly arranged in appearance date and language. Somehow I thought back on the wonderful Jessica Stam campaign I have posted a week ago and thought about posting on of the most beautiful and in my mind – Haute Couture historically important shootings that I found again in a 2009 issue of British/UK Vogue featuring an immaculate editorial with leading parts of Natalia Vodianova and the most perfect Haute Couture dresses of a season. Well – right now of a quite passed season but hey damn it – it is Haute Couture and that never goes out of style!
When you look at the pictures it is one of those feelings that come up that make up realize why you love fashion. It is pure femininity, purity, sophistication, elegance and absolute decadency: Natalia Vodianova in State of Grace.
Photography by Mario Testino
Model: Natalia Vodianova
Fashion editor: Lucinda Chambers
Hair: Sam McKnight
Make-up: Val Garland
Nails: Lorraine Griffin
Set design: Michael Howells
Location: MC Motors courtesy of Airspaces.co.uk
Digital artwork: R&D
LET THEM EAT CAKE: GALLIANO GATHERS SUGAR RUSH OF PINK ORGANZA AND FLORALS FIT FOR VERSAILLES
Silk bustier dress with printed silk underdress, Dior Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27.50, What Katie Did. Silk and lace knickers, £280, Rosamosario, at A La Mode. Tights £8, Falke. Crystal and pearls drop earrings, £234, Erickson Beamon.
DEFY THE DARKNESS IN CHANEL’S CHARMING FLOWER BODICE
Silk and tulle petal bodice, Chanel Haute Couture, Paris. Headpiece (in hand), Chanel Haute Couture by Kamo for Mod’s Hair. Silk bra, £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Diamond Earrings, £14.375, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.
VERSACE’S CONSTELLATION OF CRYSTALS BECOMES A MODERN MASTERPIECE WITH A BOLD BLACK BRASSIERE
Boned silk-tulle and georgette evening dress embroidered with crystals, Atelier Versace, Milan. Silk bra, £210, Rosamosario at A La Mode. Rhinestone and chain tassel earrings, from £165, Winifredgrace.com.
LA VIE EN ROSE: SET OFF ELIE SAAB’S ROSE-STREWN GOWN WITH ORNATE JEWELS, NYLONS AND CURVE-HUGGING LINGERIE
Strapless silk-tulle gown hand-embroidered with organza flowers, Elie Saab Couture, Paris. Silk bra £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Crystal and pearl earrings, £234. Crystal and pearl bracelet, £570. Both Erickson Beamon. Crystal Necklace, £1.640, Tom Binns at A La Mode and Dover Street Market. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER’S CORSET DRESS IS RICH WITH HISTORICAL NUANCE, ADORNED WITH CHAINMAIL, PEARLS AND LACE FRINGING
Satin and lace corset dress embroidered with fringe beading, fine chainmail and pearls, Gaultier Paris, Paris. Bra, £27.50, What Katie Did. Silk and lace knickers, £280, Rosamosario, at A La Mode. Tights £8, Falke. Diamond earrings, price on application, Boucheron. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.
RHINESTONES TRACE THE COTERIE OF PETALS ON ARMANI PRIVÉ’S DELICATE FLORAL GOWN
Silk-organza evening dress with floral rhinestones embroidery, Armani Privé. Silk bra £210. Silk and lace knickers, £280. Both Rosamosario at A La Mode. Tights, £8, Falke. Diamond earrings, £39.100, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.
CHRISTIAN LACROIX MASTERFULLY PLAYS WITH LIGHT AND SHADOW. DELIGHT IN HIS GRAPHIC TULLE POUFS AND GIANT, GLITTERING JEWELS
Chiffon tunic dress with black tulle sleeves, worn with jewelled satin belt and earrings, Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27,50, What Katie Did. Shoes, £480, to order, Bora Aksu.
TREMBLE WITH THE PASSION OF TISCI’S DREAM – A FLUID, BIAS-CUT, FISHTAIL GOWN, ARTFULLY DRAPED AND FASTENED WITH A CRYSTAL BROOCH
Long, draped washed-crêpe and silk-organza dress fastened with crystal and glass brooch, Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Paris. Silk bra £210. Diamond earrings, £39.100, Diamonds by Erickson Beamon.
VALENTINO’S EMBROIDERY NEEDS JUST THE SIMPLEST OF BEAUTY ACCENTS
Long mousseline sheath dress embroidered with silk and crystal threads, Valentino Haute Couture, Paris. Bra, £27,50, What Katie Did. Crystal and pearl earrings, £234, Erickson Beamon.
Every time I see this shooting it reminds me of how beautiful and wonderful handmade, embroidered and exquisit Haute Couture pieces can be and it gives me an inspirational chill that I just wanna sit down and draw the whole night through – and this is what I am going to do for now.
I’ll draw and sketch and make the most beautiful dress…just for you.