Saturday, April 25, 2009

Frocks n Props

Mohair Hat Collar and Cuffs Pattern by Violet Chartreuse

I like looking at fashion photographs. As much, and often more so, for the photography as for the clothes. And props, well, as long as they don't overpower the clothes, they can turn a photo into an artwork, a visual story. Sometimes, yes, nature is the only prop needed. But today, in this post, are some frocks with props that I like. Yes I know the one above is an accessories pattern not a frock but everything in the photo is gorgeous, including the white bundle. Even though the love that I have for my own departed bundle hits me in my solar plexus when I look at it - or maybe because of it.

Lucy Custom Made Dress by My Black Dress

I wonder why we don't use sun umbrellas more, particularly here in Australia in summer. Such an underrated fashion accessory. And rain umbrellas, well, you get to be in your own protected little space under the low clouds, in the softer light, and with sounds more acute, resonating - that's if it's soft down rain, or tropical rain that comes down like a heavy sheet hard and straight. If it's sweeping rain you just need to forfeit the umbrella, stop struggling, and get swept along.

Speaking of water, who'd have thought of combining a dress with a hose. But oh wow doesn't it look great. The punch is in the surprise I think.

The Amazing Canyon I Saw Tunic by Nostalgia

The Spring Manifesto Dress from Attila Design

A nice big pair of wings paired with this unconventional dress makes an arresting pic. I think this prop is made with Photoshop. It's a magical tool - but sometimes it's better not to know how magic works. Okay I'm lying. I want it.

Spring Summer Dress by Natalie Low

I have a weakness for photos of washing hanging on a clothes line. Whether in a back garden or strung from a balcony in a little back street, these scenes sing to me of sunshine, breezes, freshness and home.

Allie Maternity Dress by Heidi and Seek

Stuffing! The perfect prop for a maternity dress if you can't have the real thing. Looking at this pic reminds me of being pregnant with my son, so thin and with such a small 'basketball' bump. I remember a friend asking if I was having a 'bird' - the bird was a healthy 6lb 11oz/3033g. If I put my hand on my stomach I can still remember how his little foot felt beneath my hand, beneath my skin.

Striped Baby Doll Dress by Ouma

We all have them. In the photo trunk. Little memory strips. Funny faces and big innocent eyes.

Pianos can be memory catchers too. I love to play my Dad's grand piano - even stumbled efforts seem beautiful - but I enjoy listening to him play even more. Not for him the sheets of music needing to be referred to, just the internal hum of memory.
With All My Love Dress by Sarah Seven

Drew Barrymore in Elle

Last but not least from the Darling Drew the ultimate prop, a pool. Who else could look so good fully submerged. Not that I'd want to go swimming in a dress. Swimming with no clothes is the ideal, but here I have to settle for a swimsuit. Still enjoy it tho - particularly at night time under the stars, floating on my back, gazing up.

(When you head over to Elle to check out Drew's story, check out an editor's recent diy video showing you how to make the 'latest' shoulder pad fashion...sewing three, yes three shoulder pads together to slip inside a lovely blouse and make it look supposedly 'worth thousands' but to gross!)

I know I haven't said anything about the clothes. I like them all. I'd wear them all. No, maybe not the maternity one. I'd give it as a gift to someone I love who's expecting. Maybe not the manifesto one either. I'd hang it on the wall as a work of art. I could get some wings to put behind it...


Anonymous said...

Those wings are pretty cool. I'm the same, I enjoy looking at fashion mags more for the way the clothes are presented than the clothes. The garden hose is a suprise though.

Ali said...

Lovely blog Chrisy - so full of gorgeous pics! I love that orange top/dress - so lovely. You reminded me of what little feet feel like beneath your skin ... funny that you never forget.

Natalie said...

Thanks for having me on your blog :)
Definately one blog topic I wouln't of thought of, enjoyed reading/looking at it!

ArtSparker said...

The top photo is my favorite - it seems like such an exact translation of a photo that could have been in a Victorian Ladies' Magazine.

Splendid Little Stars said...

a visual and emotional treat!
There was once a little almost-white bundle in my life that I adored.
There was once (twice) little feet poking and kicking beneath my skin.
And there's a photo strip from long ago displayed on a shelf above me as I type.
Oh yes, and I like to take photos of laundry drying on a line when I travel.

sarahblank said...

I love the one of drew...pretty finds!
And thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!!


Sam said...

I love all the photos but I just can't go past that first one with the pussy cat! Lovely post (another one!). Thank you too for the lilac treasury! :)

pam carriker said...

Great blog! Love your banner, makes me want to head to the beach:-) thank you for visiting me, I'm a follower now!

studioJudith said...

I,too, just love the RED hair/ RED hat /RED cuffs
with that big WHITE kitty!


Tumble Fish Studio said...

I so love the images you choose for us to see. I have a couple of what I call "tour guides" in blogland that always bring me the beautiful worldly visions that SHOULD be seen that I, being unworldly, would never see without their help. I think you've been added to my staff, if you don't mind. The other two are Linda Crispell and Ginny's Small Studio. Between the three of you, you cover pretty much all I can imagine to be beautiful and interesting in the world. Thank you! I love visiting you.

Cate Lawrence said...

What beautiful photographs. I particularly like the one with the umbrella, I often think I should use a parasol in summer....

Simply Decorating said...

Cool wings. I love those pictures. I really like the Drew Barrymore one =)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Such a gorgeous collection of images. I especially love the photo booth and the wings.

Renee said...

Good morning. You know I haven't kept up journals really since I started blogging and I think that it is a mistake and I should.

Having you say this to me, makes me rethink that I a missing the everyday stuff that journal writing allows.

Love Renee xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

nice read, & love that violin riff on violin song, in fact can't get it out of my head.

Carmel said...

Your whole blog just oozes "sophistication". Great work :)

edward and lilly said...

Wow, this is such an amazing collection of lovely fashion and photography.

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