For her latest editorial, Florence based photographer Lucilla Bellini takes inspiration from the iconography of the late nineteenth century Pre-Raphaelites and the neoclassical sculpture “The Veiled Vestal Virgins” by Raffaele Monti. The idea came when she and the stylist Susanna discussed to shoot something mono-tone and extremely delicate. Susanna wanted to add a contemporary edge to the style. The title is inspired by a painting of late nineteenth century by James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl.
“I’m always fascinated by the way to portray innocence and fragility and the melancholy sadness typical of Romanticism” Bellini told Eclectic.
To recreate, innovate and captures the style, stylist Susanna Fabbrini builds contrast with Romanticism and contemporary through playing with layers. Decorative lace builds coherence with the makeup created by Sabina Pinsone and a roman style dress with two wigs taking the place of wings.
To create the beauty, Sabina decided to use only minimal lines, white dots and a conceptual large white forehead to emphasize the idea of totally white and the innocence model’s beauty. For the hair she decided to leave them natural or simply to make 2 kawaii braids with her very long hair to give a contemporary twist.
Editorial: Symphony in White
Photographer: Lucilla Bellini
Model: Martina LookNowFirenze
Stylist: Susanna Fabbrini
MUA & Hair: Sabina Pinsone
Assistant: Filippo Bertola
Shot at FrenchFries studio Florence
About the Photographer: Italian photographer Lucilla Bellini is a part of the Eclectic team, having already shot fashion editorial Lost in Love for Eclectic Issue AW13 and our SS14 issue. Along with the magazine we have featured several of Lucilla’s projects here on the site. Before collaborating together, we were attracted to her work due to her rich composition, ethereal and atmospheric mood that gives her images a distinct look. In addition to fashion photography and portraits, she is the Art Director at Frenchfries Studio based in Florence, Italy.