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.
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.