Barnaby Roper: Vanitas on Nowness.com.
VANITAS film by Barnaby Roper with clothes by STAERK and music by Sune Rose Wagner.
This intoxicatingly beautiful and evocative film springs from the collaborative genius of my good friends, Camilla Staerk and Barnaby Roper. Though made to showcase designs from Camilla's A/W 2011 collection, this film is unlike any fashion film I have seen- more of an otherworldly vision than vehicle for consumerism. Camilla and Barnaby are too of the most creative and inspirational people I know, so I was ecstatic when I saw this film at the premiere last night- it so clearly expresses their talents. With every video he directs, Barnaby seems to progressing more and more- to a place of complete innovation. The dancers, from the Royal Danish Ballet, move with a fluidity and grace that accentuates the exquisite elegance of Camilla's designs. Inspired by the work of Hans Henrik Lerfeldt, a Danish artist known for his hyper-realist paintings of glamazon women with giant bugs, the ballerinas pose with oversized beetles on the lapels of their perfectly cut furs. I first encountered his work through Camilla, when she had a print of his VANITAS II painting hanging in her store in New York and have been a huge fan since. Perfectly aligning with my aesthetic, his heavily made up women are often veiled and clad in furs and silk stockings- his work always appears to me to be the painted version of a mix of Guy Bourdin and Barry Lategan's veiled Cathee Dahmen.
Hans Henrik Lerfeldt paintings, from all over the internet.
Labels: 2011, barnaby roper, fashion film, hans henrik lerfeldt, staerk, veils