• 9.17.14

    Amy Taylor Keeps Her Head On

    One of the first things you’ll notice when checking out Amy Taylor’s latest story for DuJour is that none of the models have heads. They’re all artfully hidden away. This is pretty standard for Jean-Pacôme Dedieu, the photographer that shot the piece. “He does a lot of work like this,” Amy explains. It’s an unexpected move to provoke response and contextualize the fashion in a way that is surprising and arresting.

    It’s a surprise to the viewer, but it was even surprising to Amy the day they shot it. First, none of the models had hair or make up done, since they wouldn’t be seen. “That may have made it a little bit challenging since it wasn’t as easy to envision what it was going to look like in the final product,” she explains. Not only were the untouched models a little surprising, but everything on set was grey. Yes, all those vibrant, beautiful colors in the images were added after the shoot.

    Of course she built the grey set herself, and chose all those grey balloons, but she and the photographer knew they’d be changing the colors in post production. They just didn’t know what colors they would be. That meant that she had to design around nearly infinite possibilities. There was an element of inherent mystery that Amy was working with. She did what she could to anticipate the photographer’s future choices. “It was challenging to get props and different materials to work for everything. And I didn’t know what colors things were going to be changed to,” she says. At one point on set, they even considered keeping everything grey. They just weren’t sure until post production started.

    So, when the final products came out, with huge differences in color, it was fun for Amy. “Man that really makes it so much more vibrant and fun,” she thought upon seeing the final product. “I liked them in the grey, but it’s a totally different feeling.” Jean-Pacôme Dedieu pulled out different colors from different looks to cover seamless color stories that are totally eye catching.

    Not only did Amy get a new color experience with this shoot, she also got a sort of new signature. The small racecar they used has followed Amy around for other shoots. We can't wait to see where she rolls off to next!

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