Tom Corbett Dials 'F' for Fashion
Tom Corbett took on Alfred Hitchcock for the debut issue of Cosmopolitan Fashion U.K., a twice-yearly, limited-edition spinoff.
The Hitchcock heroine "was a trend touched upon at the [fall 2013] catwalk shows, specifically Prada, and other collections felt very much that era, using ingenue-types," said the pub's editor (and Cosmo U.K.'s fashion and style director) Shelly Vella. "We decided to base a story on Hitchcock's films and Tom was the obvious choice for photographer because his work is so cinematic."
She packed a selection of tailored skirt suits and coats that could be draped over the model's shoulders; Corbett "literally brought everything [else], including a smoke machine, and found the fantastic location," a dilapidated, yet historic house on Staten Island.
"He directed ... he was a director for the day, and that was entertaining to watch," Vella continued. "He was extremely focused and knew what images he wanted to take. There was a flash flood warning and we were sitting in the location van outside of the house when the heavens opened. It was pouring and there were mosquitoes the size of 50 pence pieces; however, our first shot for the editorial was the double-page spread outside the house to provide a good sense of what it's about. The conditions were horrendous, but Tom got the shot."
Although the complete series of broody images is called "Dial 'F' for Fashion" (à la "Dial 'M' for Murder"), the story references an amalgam of Hitchcock movies and creates a new narrative. Vella explained: "That was important – drawing on an inspiration and giving it its own direction, which Tom did really well."
Fashion director: Shelly Vella
Makeup: Brian Duprey at Judy Casey using Mac Pro
Hair: Rodney Groves at Ray Brown using Oribe
Models: Megan McNierney at One and Corey Wallace at DNA
Fashion assistant: Holly Coopey