Category Archives: Glamour

Noel Zheng: “Untitled (Jolie Laide)”

 

Photography and Text by Noel Zheng, Copyright 2017

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“Untitled (Jolie Laide)” A short project to realize the empire of fashion.

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The fashion industry sells to all types of lifestyles through their shoots. Entering fall/winter, every year, coats become the centre around which the industries uses as a medium to captivate the public, and give the idea that they too can live a similar life—given they have the material item.

I set this shoot up to reflect an editorial “vibe”; the black and white seamless with two soft boxes were set up in attempt to reap the most stripped back of editorial shoots. In post-production, saturation was muted but vibrancy increased to achieve the same effect.

In terms of styling, I stripped all elements back so only the coat (or some other winter wear) would be the centre of the shoot. The models wore little more than the outerwear in attempt to critic the fashion industry—when all is stripped back, is the lifestyle sold still worthy of buying? Or rather—when all is stripped back, is the coat sold still worthy of buying? The simplicity of this shoot hinges between avant-garde and classic.

But of course, this industry has become so powerful that a “stripped back” non- flamboyant lifestyle is, in ways, still avant-garde. It exemplifies a term now trending: “minimalism”. Because I realize that in attempt to mute the toxic environment of ‘fashion sells’, I add to it.

This is what I mean when I say “the fashion industry sells to all types of lifestyles through their shoots”—because no matter how ugly, or how simple, or how kitsch one tries to make fashion, it is still—as Tyra Banks says—“Jolie Laide”.

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About The Author: Noel Zheng is a Sophomore majoring in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Noel Zheng, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/noel-zheng-untitled-post-production/

 

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Ria Vaidya: Psychotic but Iconic

 

Photography and Text by Ria Vaidya, Copyright 2017

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PSYCHOTIC BUT ICONIC

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To be iconic is to be a symbol, and often with that symbol comes a streak of madness. From Karl Lagerfeld to Naomi Campbell to Kate Moss, being iconic has not always meant being perfectly in line with societal views. Some of the most iconic figures to date have not come without their baggage. This series aims to capture and illustrate a metaphor; this metaphor speaks for how clothes act not only as a style but also as a mask, in particular: the jacket. Jackets unlike other mainstream clothing items have the ability to add layers, or some might say extra façade. Throughout this series, the model modeled several different unique jackets that are very distinct from one another. Each piece could very well characterize completely different types of personalities yet the model executes each look thus portraying how fashion and style can change the perception of an individual. It can act as a barrier or as a gateway into their true self, regardless having the ability to create an identity for themselves. Fashion allows a person to camouflage into whatever and whomever they want. Inside they may be psychotic, but nonetheless, they can just as well be iconic.

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Portrait of Ria Vaidya by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2017

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About The Artist: Ria Vaidya is a Senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018. To access additional articles by Ria Vaidya, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/ria-vaidya-blinding/

 

 

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Bryan Abrams: Private Versace Collection – Fall 2017

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LAB WORK: BRYAN ABRAMS VERSACE COLLECTION

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Portrait of Bryan Abrams by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017

Portrait of Bryan Abrams by Jessica Moh, Copyright 2017

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UPENN: PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Alexis Masino

Corey Fader

Elizabeth Beugg

Noa Baker

Amber Shi

Jinghong Cui

Joy Lewis

Karishma Sheth

Sharon Song

Rongrong Liu

Jessica Moh

Noel Zheng

Michael Heath

Linda Ruan

Marcus Tappan

Ria Vaidya

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Makeup: Aysha Silagy

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Models: Main Line Models & Talent

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Sony Giusti

Agustin Maltese

Katie Shewell

Marium Ali

Dena Hertel

Katty Pena

Morgan Bailey

Annamarie Pepeta

Katie McCaffery

Sabrian Schneeman

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To see more lab session photos from Upenn’s Photography & Fashion class, Fall 2017, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/lab-work-k-vaughn-scarves-fall-collection-2017/

 

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TWS: November 2017

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TWS: Portfolio Classics

 

Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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Portrait of Res, R&B singer for Vibe Magazine, New York. 1999

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To see a gallery of more portfolio classics by Tony Ward, click herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/portfolio-classics-1993-1995/

 

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Exhibits: Photography & Fashion at UPenn

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UPenn: Photography & Fashion Exhibit

 

 

Exhibition Dates: October 31 to November 7, 2017

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Addams Hall: 36th & Walnut Sts. Philadelphia

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Photographers:

Noa Baker

Elizabeth Beugg

Xiaonan Chen

Jinghong Cui

Linda Ruan

Corey Fader

Michael Heath

Joy Lewis

Rongrong Liu

Alexis Masino

Jessica Moh

Karishma Sheth

Amber Shi

Sharon Song

Jingyi Sun

Marcus Tappan

Ria Vaidya

Noel Zheng

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To see more work from this class, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/lab-work-k-vaughn-scarves-fall-collection-2017/

 

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