27 Dresses with Liz Von Hoene
The era of Netflix has made it easy to get lost in nostalgia. At a moment’s notice, you can have all of your favorite childhood movie and television classics at your fingertips. For some, this means watching the same genre of movies over and over. For many millennials, and even some baby boomers, fans of rom-coms or not, 27 Dresses is at the top of that list. In her latest collaboration with Entertainment Weekly, Photographer Liz Von Hoene shot an exclusive reunion with the cast of the eleven-year-old romantic comedy.
The movie, starring Katherine Heigl, is the tale of a single bridesmaid who has been in 27 weddings and counting. Blessed with incredible work ethic, Katherine’s character, Jane, comes to work for the man of her dreams. Her sister, played by Malin Akerman, also falls for Jane’s boss, and the two set a wedding date of their own. Tortured by the idea of losing her ideal mate to her sister, Jane develops an elaborate plan to confess her feelings before realizing that she was falling for James Marsden’s character the whole time. The happy ending of the movie leaves viewers craving more of the story, so the eleven-year reunion with Liz could not have come at a better time.
Entertainment Weekly brought the group together in Malibu with Liz Von Hoene to capture some of that nostalgia and to give lovers of the movie a look into what the characters might look like and be wearing today. The final product is a series of portraits and images that are the clear result of a fun and lively photo shoot with old friends. Bringing the stars and old friends together also meant bringing up the inevitable conversation - they would all love a sequel.
Liz Von Hoene Takes Us Wear The Wild Things R
Personal artistic endeavors allow creatives to express their uninhibited imagination. Photographer Liz Von Hoene recently had the opportunity to come together with multiple like-minded artists, Creative Director Amy Osburn, Sculpture artist Mimi Haddon, among others, to execute a shared vision in what they refer to as a “hashtag passion project”. “We connected on a creative platform of liking the same things, inspiration and liking each other’s work. We had been talking about doing a creative project where I could shoot something for her,” said Liz on working with her personal friend. “Late summer/early fall we started collaborating and bouncing ideas back and forth. Amy came to the table with different concepts, and she really wanted to work with this sculpture artist, Mimi Haddon, who sounded very inspiring. She wanted to do an abstract portrait story in a more urban environment and loved the sculptures for that idea. I pulled up Mimi’s Instagram which started the conversation and it grew from there.”
The result was a pleasant surprise for the group, but admittedly wasn’t entirely unexpected. “Once we had a plan and an idea of where we wanted to start, we left room for the passion,” stated Liz. “You need to leave that door open and let the element of surprise happen so you’re led to something you wouldn’t normally do.” Amy agreed, “There is definitely always a road map but the road map is there to allow room for play.” Allowing room for the creative aspect to occur in an organic way was key in their planning process.
“When you’re embarking on a creative endeavor, when it's a collaboration, everyone needs a voice. This project was one of those rare moments when it all sort of comes together and all the artists feel the same way,” said Amy on the collection of talent. Their project, Wear The Wild R, sets an eerie stage of an urban world filled with vivid neons and different shapes that allow the model, wardrobe and sculpture to intertwine to become one. The artists used different natural elements, shape, light and shadow to elevate their work and create a playground to celebrate their vision. Amy went on to stay, “For me the biggest components that brought the shoot to life were the sculptures and the styling. All of the elements were able to work in tandem - it doesn't always happen that way - for a beautiful piece.”
Liz Von Hoene Jumps In with "Bunny Briggs"
Photography is one of the most immediate art forms in the world. A moment happens and a photographer captures it, creating an image in a fraction of a second. They deliver to us moments they experience so we can witness them just as readily. The reveal the world to us. But photographers can also manipulate that relationship with time and space to create a totally different world. That's what Liz Von Hoene wanted to do with her latest project she’s calling “Bunny Briggs.” The short film and companion photo series shows a Ms. Bunny Briggs living her uniquely lavish life in an entirely new world. “She lives in this world with her rabbits and it makes no sense and I think that’s why we liked it,” says Liz. “I wanted it to feel 1970s, I wanted it to feel like a vintage polaroid.”
The photos and video are filled with Briggs interacting with bunnies and a cockatiel, all while wearing high end fashion mixed with costume pieces. And each composition is more whimsical than the last. This is by design. This is what Liz loves to explore in her work. “I love throwing an animal in there somewhere, I love a girl holding a stuffed animal that’s a zebra, I love a girl and an elephant, I love a girl surrounded by tons of rabbits,” says Liz. “I love these conceptual plays.” These moments don't happen for most people on most days, and ultimately creates a surrealist world for Liz’s work. It's fun, it's playful, but it's also challenging.
Liz shot and produced the film and all the photos herself, and brought on a whole team to make it happen, including stylist Rebecca Weinberg. The only missing component was the location but Liz knew the perfect location: her own home. She and her partner had made their home from the same sort of aesthetic transcending point of view that Liz wanted to inject into Bunny Briggs so it stood to reason that they’d use her home as the conceptual basis for the rest of the work. Plus her neighborhood offered even more aesthetic opportunities. “It is a historical Ranch neighborhood, so it also just kind of leant itself to a 1950s 1970s vibe of ‘Where are you?’,” says Liz. “It’s nowhere spectacular but it’s nowhere ordinary either. It’s somewhere in the middle. It’s just cool.” The contrast of the architecture, high fashion, and propped elements all helped perpetuate the inherent surrealism.
When you work for yourself, as Liz did for “Bunny Briggs” you get to choose your team, timeline, and every element that ends up in every frame. For Liz it was about more than just what would appear on film, but also what the culture would be like on her set and in her process. “I want to be collaborative, I want to play, I want to create things that are fun, and I do,” says Liz. “I want it to be over the top fun, all the players have to be on the same page to create a concept. So it’s not just the camera moving and capturing her as she walks across the room, it’s the whole story.” That means everything from the Gucci sneakers to the ramen on the lamp to her fantastic editor all came together to create something amazing, collaborators each of them, but all working towards the same goal.
We’re thrilled to add Liz Von Hoene to the roster at B&A. Please join us in welcoming her!