Styling the cast of my short film

To create the looks of my lead actresses, I decided to mix thrifted articles and pieces I had in my own closet.  I drew inspiration from French romantic editorials I have seen online as well as the Rococo art movement. The times I have spent fawning over Jean-Honoré Fragonard paintings have finally come to good use.

I decided to dress the actresses according to the nature of their characters. The actress Alexi Dalacos, playing Emma, had the role of a dreamy curious soul who decides to go against the rules. Her outfit consists of dark tones. A burgundy blouse with a floral pattern is tucked into black cigarette trousers. This top is intended to express the intersection of her boldness and her connection with nature. Standing out from the natural palette of the forest and gardens, this character’s outfit parallels the trajectory it takes against the expected.

Contrasting the rugged boots the character of Emma wears, Annie, played by Arianna Baquerizo, wears delicate office heels that harmonize with the rest of her angelic ensemble. I dressed this character in a white blouse tucked into beige plaid high-waisted pants. This character is the embodiment of order. The white top suggests purity. The plaid structured pants are representative of the rule following, geometric persona her character lives by. I took the orderly nature of this character even further, by braiding her hair and tying it with a bow. The burgundy bow connects her to Emma, as a suggestion of their “tied” bond. In a way, this serves as a ying-yang connection—there is always some good in the bad and some bad in the good.

I kept their makeup light and natural, to maintain a youthful feel to their characters. Afterall, innocence comes into question during the film.

Here are some photos that were taken during our shooting days:

Processed with VSCO with v6 presetAlexi Dalacos (Emma). Top: Thrifted-ZaraProcessed with VSCO with v6 presetArianna Baquerizo (Annie). Top: ThriftedProcessed with VSCO with v6 preset
Processed with VSCO with v6 presetLeft to right: Pants: Zara, Zara.Processed with VSCO with v6 presetBoots: London (My own)Processed with VSCO with v6 presetBow: Thrifted- Ralph LaurenIMG_6298
Processed with VSCO with c5 presetBoots: London, Heels: AsosProcessed with VSCO with c5 preset
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