“Couture duality”, a fashion story by Jean-Baptiste Mondino et Babeth Djian

In a world where fashion is often seen as a superficial pursuit, it’s refreshing to see a story that explores the duality of couture. On one hand, there is the opulence and extravagance of the garments themselves; on the other hand, there is the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into their creation. This story celebrates both aspects of couture, with stunning photographs of exquisite garments juxtaposed with images of the skilled artisans who make them.
The first image in the story is a striking portrait of model Anyier Anei, wearing a cape-shirt, pants and gloves by Givenchy Haute Couture. The all-black ensemble is dramatic and elegant, with intricate details that are beautifully highlighted by Mondino’s lighting. This is followed by a close-up shot of Anei’s face, in which her smoldering gaze conveys both strength and vulnerability.
The next two images focus on model Divine Nwaokogba, who wears a dress by Givenchy Haute Couture in one photo and an intricately beaded gown by Schiaparelli in the other. Both dresses are breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s the latter that truly dazzles with its myriad of colors and patterns. The close-up shot of Nwaokogba’s face makes it clear that she knows just how special this gown is; her expression is one of awe and wonderment.
The final image in the series features model Jibriil Ollow, wearing a sculptural coat by Iris van Herpen. Ollow looks powerful and confident in this avant-garde piece, which is given even more impact by Mondino’s use of negative space. This coat is truly a work of art, and it’s fitting that it should be worn by someone who looks like they could conquer the world.

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