This shoot was inspired loosely by the Australian historical fiction novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, written by Joan Lindsay in 1967 and adapted to film in 1975 by Peter Weir. The plot focuses on a group of female students at a boarding school who inexplicably vanish while on a Valentine’s Day picnic. The ambiguity of the story’s ending and the mystery of the disappearances provide a stark contrast to the feminine, ethereal frocks donned by the girls in the 1975 film.
“If you want to know what it’s like to survive hell and still come out shining brighter than the sun, just look into the eyes of a woman who has survived intense damage and refused to allow it to destroy her softness.” —Nikita Gill
This quote was a major inspiration for me when it came time to put together my vision for interpreting the myth of the goddess Persephone into a fashion editorial for the April 2018 issue of Humble Magazine.