A touch of Marie Antoinette

A historical shoot is always fun, but when you do it with these two ladies, it goes EPIC.

I wanted to create a historical character shoot for stock purposes, set in the Rococo period, using Madame Déficit herself as our inspiration.

The first order of business was to research the dress styles of the period, along with typical jewelry and the challenging hairdo to ensure that we have an accurate representation.

The Rococo period was roughly 1720-1789, when the French aristocracy was obsessed with their wealth and finery. Not surprisingly, it was followed by the French Revolution. Rococo designs tended to be ornate and lavish, with intricate patterns and using prime materials. Materials included taffeta, silk, fur lined robes and mostly in a pastel hue. Although the ornate wig was often replaced by pinned- up natural curls, it was powdered to appear white or grey.  Jewelry consisted mainly of pearls and gold.

Instead of shooting on location, we built a set to replicate an intimate boudoir setting for our aristocratic beauty. This was further decorated with pearls and other objects that would look at home in a Rococo period setting.


Our long suffering model, Michelle Monk, had to endure a lot for the ultimate up-do. First her hair was curled, and then a polystyrene base was placed on her head to provide a scaffold. From there her hair was pinned up and accessorized. The makeup was slightly modernized, but we did stick with the heavily powdered face, rouged cheeks and bright lips.

Tanya van Aswegen, a modelling veteran, provided guidance with posing and best ways to position oneself for the camera, along with being second stylist.

All in all, we had a highly enjoyable and successful shoot. Please view the behind-the-scenes video!


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