Richard Avedon’s most famous fashion portraits are the ones that seem to capture the essence of elegance in the movement of a fabric or the graceful lines of a long limb. It’s Dovima in a Dior dress, arms outstretched towards two elephants, swan-like neck craned into a perfect arc. It’s Veruschka suspended into the air in a Bill Blass mini dress, as if the very mood of the era was a springboard beneath her satin slipper-clad feet. Avedon’s uncommon knack for immortalising fashion’s elegant side is something that continues to be admired, and it’s a skill Iban Montero pays tribute to in his latest shoot Limited Paper.
But as well as wowing with its Avedon-like black and white elegance, Montero’s shoot has another – surprise – draw: the dresses are all made out of paper.
Ane Lopez created the gowns from seamless paper, accompanying them with equally impressive elegant hats and headpieces. The vintage-inspired sculpured hair and arched brows by Ana Gorbea complete the transformation of model Natalia Iturregui into the kind of woman who easily would have posed for Avedon’s lens in the late 1940s or early ’50s. And with her lithe figure and graceful poses, Iturregui plays it perfectly. I’ve only shown a few of the images here, but you can hop across to Fashionising to see more.