Nora Nona / Toxic Vanity / Wound Magazine Dec 08

The embargo has been lifted welcome to another Inside Fashion. This is Wound Magazines Toxic Vanity beauty shoot. Its a fly on the poly board wall peek behind the scenes. This shoot was photographed by celebrity and fashion photographer Rankin and directed by Wounds Beauty Editor Nora Nona. So after 4 months, they shot on 07.08.08, I finally got the green light to go ahead and upload.

The Assignment.. 'whats beauty to some is ugly to others'
I hope the video conveys the message. It's the 'the politics of taste' and attitudes towards natural beauty, traditional customs and extreme makeovers. All are rooted in the conflicting layers that define the desirable cultural norms, politics, free agency, taste, style and let not forget the audience.
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The Prelude..
I almost missed this shoot so I'm content when I make it to the studio at Dazed and Confused HQ. I'm in reception when I spot a picture of a rubbish skip full of flowers on the wall. I'm drawn to it because its ironic and reminds me of I had the night before about a giant raffia teacup full of multi coloured fabric swatches, it was Alice in Wonderland weird. I woke up sketched it in my note book called it 'riot in tea cup' and went back to sleep. I often wonder about my dreams, but that's another post.

Ok, so Rankin's not in the video, firstly Nora invited me to join them, secondly I didn't think it would have been fair to impose my awkward C905 filming skills on him, plus he was multi tasking (who ever it was that said men cant multi task hasn't seen Rankin in action) plus I chickened out of asking but.. we exchanged pleasantries in between elevenses, strawberries and croissants, and lunch, tuna nicoise.
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Seems like phones, people, desks, more people, models in for a casting, energy, music are standard background noise here at Dazed. It was a little more hectic than I imgained, but as you can see from the final edit the team pulled together a fantastic effort
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Let me introduce the hard workering cast.. Nora Nona assisted by Kavita Kaul, models Felicity Gilbert Storm Models and Jamie B (who pops up only in the mobile short, her 'killer heels' didnt quite make the finals), hair by Jennie Roberts at Naked Artists and wardrobe by stylist cum 'dancer of the night' Scott Robert Clark.
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The Finals 'Toxic Vanity' Wound Dec 2008
and here we have the final edits, a selection of pages that made cut..
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