So you’ve done the scary, creep Halloween theme and you’re looking to class things up this year? We’ve got you covered – our design learners have submitted their top ‘stylish Halloween’ ideas and we’ve chosen 30 of the best to inspire you.
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Richard Silver has produced a fascinating series of photographs that capture the insides of New York churches. Each image is composed of 6-10 shots forming a vertical panorama. One gets a true sense of the scope and splendour of these churches by admiring all their beauty in one, single view.
Silver says, “Finding the perfect location in the center aisle then shooting vertically from the pew to the back of the church gives the perspective that only architecture of this style can portray.”
Talented and young fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell has produced an award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled ‘Wonderland’. Taking inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland story Mitchell decided to explore childhood themes shared by her mother, an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier. Beautiful Models dressed in extravagant costumes were photographed against mystical, natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother.
The success of her first few photos drove the artwork into uncharted territory as the photoshoots grew into increasingly ornate endeavors where costumes and props for each image were sewn, painted, and assembled by hand, requiring up to five months of prep for a single shot. Mitchell recounts the series’ evolution in an essay on her website.
The full collection of 74 storybook images will soon be available on Kickstarter.
Kim Joon a talented Graphic artist from Korea has produced a range of remarkable body art works which are not actually body painted.
First he uses 3-D animation software to create the body or bodies he wants. After building the 3 dimensional body he grafts on the type of skin he desires such as animal skin, artificial skin or human skin. Kim has found inspiration for his skins from leather bags, shoes, reptiles and many interesting objects. He uses this surface skin and grafts it onto the 3 dimensional image he created often including artistic elements and patterning.
The result is quite realistic and beautiful.
American photographer Blake Little has covered portrait subjects in large quantities of honey in a collection he calls ‘Preservation’. Models representing a diverse range of ages, ethnicities and body types have been completely canvassed in cascading sheets of honey, resulting in their almost amber-preserved appearance. Its as if a contemporary cross-section of society has been frozen in time.
Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer and couturier renowned for her futuristic, fantastical styles. Van Herpen’s designs are quite unique and works of art in themselves. Her early adoption of 3D printing technologies placed her in the vanguard of the technology’s introduction into fashion.
The designer writes on her website, “for me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting. In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool.”
Herpen has no specific designs in mind when she sets out to make a garment. Rather, the designer says her process if much more like a labyrinth whereby she hits a series of dead ends, never quite knowing where she will end up. This, she says, is what creation and working with your hands is all about.
The 30-year-old’s designs are prized by eccentric celebrities such as Björk, Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness.