I have always loved a good styled photo shoot, but my heart soared and excitement set in quickly when Debra Prinzing asked me to create a floral fashion shoot in preparation for American Flowers Week, as well as a feature story she wrote for Florists Review magazine.
Wow, ok! All American roses are grown practically in my backyard by Paul Furman of Pajarosa Floral, and they’re sustainable too. This project was right up my alley because it can be high fashion and it can be slow, organic and sustainable as well. Paul also supplies a growing assortment of other florals, such as the Ranunculus in the headpiece. The Pieris and that AMAZING tree Peony is from my cutting garden. There are also some grevillea tucked in there too. I love the textures and colors of this, and it all magically sits on top of her head…right. It’s actually a cheap headband from CVS to start with. Then I wove some mesh wire from Oasis around it and molded it to somewhat of a fronted crown. Then, lots and lots of floral adhesive!
This spectacular beautiful girl happens to be my youngest daughter, Antalia. Yes, another reason I adored this project! She’s been dabbling in modeling for a couple of years now and she absolutely loves it. She seems to have nitch for it! Some people have a natural gravitation toward the camera and Antalia has that, she always has. Her features and sculpted face seem to pop, and from childhood she’s always shined in front of the lens. I have some absolutely stunning photos of her being her little self on the camera when she was 5 years old. And now look at her!
That tutu though! My idea for a floral tutu came from Pinterest –a pin I had seen a while back and felt inspired by. It turned out my finished product does not resemble it too greatly, but I think it is so much better!
Antalia already had the corset in her possession from a previous photo shoot, so I dialed in on that tutu I had been inspired by and the idea of the tutu and corset was born, and it was the perfect match if I say so myself!
The mechanics and construction of the tutu and headpiece are what kept me awake for a night or two. Actually, this is the same night-time anxiety that takes hold before any big display gig I’ve ever done. Bouquets to Art was always a heavy-on-the-mind project. What sometimes happens is that my visions and ideas don’t always hold up to the actuality of making the mechanics work! But I’m getting so much better at mechanically formatting my crazy floral visions with installations and now for the first time- fashion! Oasis’s new wire mesh and flat metallic ribbon is what the skirt is formed of and then I used some foam pipe covers I found in the garage right at the top (around her waist) to help hold up the weight of the skirt. That gave it the nice arc at the top. I know—it’s genius. Thanks!