Layne Dann

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Layne Dann
A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this styled shoot at Cornell Plantations with Leanne Rose Photography I made an Aurora's Rose head piece.  While living in Los Angeles I had discovered the Antique Mall's of Old Pasadena.  In one, I had found a decrepit antique edition of Hans Christain Anderson Fairy Tales for 50 cents.  At the time I was not sure why I had to have it, but I raced to the register to buy it.  A few years later, once the 'newness' had worn off and I realized I had half a story with weathered pages, I began cutting rose petals from it.  A few month's later the book pages turned rose petals became something.  

 Photography Credit: Leanne Rose. Model: Lea McQuade. Hair: Regis Salon. MUA: Anastacia Moshier-Arnold.

Photography Credit: Leanne Rose. Model: Lea McQuade. Hair: Regis Salon. MUA: Anastacia Moshier-Arnold.

The Aurora's Rose head piece was made from antique book pages, story: Sleeping Beauty,  Swarovski Crystal sprigs, velvet lamb's ear, pearls, antique lace cuts, and fiber paper were hand sewn to create the piece.

While making the head piece I was reading 'The Great Night' by Chris Adrian.  'The Great Night' is a Shakespearean retelling of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'  For a long time I've asked myself, while designing, is this a dress for Juliet or Ophelia and when considering Fairy Tales as literature I've always thought on what Shakespearean heroin best matures a classic princess.

In this story, I've wondered if model Lea isn't Ophelia-pre-insanity and if Sleeping Beauty hadn't fallen asleep would she have gone crazy upon the impending identity crisis of who am I really.  For now, both living inside Lea, 'immortalized' in this shoot get to wander the gardens before having to finish the thought.