Elizabeth Beugg: Party Fashion


Photography and Text by Elizabeth Beugg, Copyright 2017




Party fashion plays a major role in the lives of college students everywhere. For this editorial, I chose to feature going-out wear, focusing on dark or metallic clothing, in a grungy, post-party setting. The juxtaposition between the glittering outfits and frat house basement helped to create dynamic photos with an almost “morning after” feel.

Since this was my first self-sufficient photo shoot, I asked my friends to model for the photos, as I knew I would be most comfortable directing them. I also think that for the purpose of the shoot, using real college students is very effective. I selected the basement of a frat house for the location as I thought this would create a more dynamic photo than shooting against a backdrop. I specifically planned the shoot on a Saturday morning, after there had been a party, to create maximum grunge and grime. I used a (very heavy) lighting kit and a low ISO for the majority of the shots. I used a high ISO and available light for a few colored/ambient lighting shots though I did not end up selecting them for the final editorial.

For the model’s attire, I asked my friends to bring any dark, textured, and metallic party wear they had and styled looks from our collective findings. I applied glitter to all the models faces to complement the metallic pieces of clothing. The glitter was intentionally applied haphazardly to stick with the grunge-y vibe. 

Overall, this editorial was intended to showcase a variety of looks in a setting that appeared as if the lights had been turned on and everyone had gone home. I continually tried to prioritize dynamics over perfection in hopes of creating a collection of photos that feel unusual and unexpected, yet also familiar.


About The Author: Elizabeth Beugg is a Sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.

This entry was posted in Blog, Current Events, Environment, Fashion, Models, Photography, Popular Culture, Portraiture, Student Life, UPenn Photography, Women.


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