Tom Corbett Flies High with Weatherproof
Weatherproof Garment Co. doesn’t mess around. They blend style and function, offering fashion that looks as good as it feels. To hit this aesthetic they reach back through history for looks that are outside of time, blending the contemporary with vintage influences. This season they wanted to do something big for their latest campaign and knew that Tom Corbett would be the perfect partner to bring the influences into frame with their unique style. So Tom packed up his small team and headed to the American Airpower Museum on Long Island. “I was a like a kid in a candy shop,” he says. “This place is dripping in history. It was really quite amazing to look at these 50, 60-year-old machines that people flew in and just try to feel how they felt. It was cool.” The clothes are inspired by the era when these planes flew, so it was a natural fit.
The museum is chock full of air history, which made for a lot of set options but also meant Tom and his crew had to make some adjustments. “We had to move them around into new areas to make it look less like a museum and more like an actual airfield. It was pretty intensive,” says Tom. “Everyone was helping out. It was nice, it was a small production. We were all helping out and pushing in the same direction.” There’s something exciting about deciding where airplanes go, even if it’s all on the ground and none of the planes are going to make it into the sky. But the whole team was on board to create something special - which makes it a much more fulfilling experience.
Once everything was set up and ready to go, it was a flurry of a day. Tom shot this veritable library of images in a single day, showing off a number of looks and a dizzying amount of set ups. One way he made it possible was by using all natural light, so he could move with every frame, maximizing time and space, creating a bevy of images in a short amount of time. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Tom loves a good airport – even if it’s a small one. “I love shooting airports, they’re amazing. All that open space,” Tom explains. “It was a lot of fun.”