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Vintage Photo Shoot: Studio 54 Maximalism

By Diane Small

Vintage fashion is always chic. Whether it’s an elegantly tailored dress from the 1940’s, a 70s maxi dress, or glittery disco look, wearing vintage is not only fun – it’s eco-friendly, too!

Of course, lots of fashion labels love the look of vintage so much, they aim to imitate it in their latest collections. The Studio 54-inspired vibes from ethical brand HOST & VAR are lively, cheeky, and a bit sexy, too, as you can see from our main image, for example.

In fact, the heyday of Studio 54 played so powerful a role in our fashion consciousness, it has inspired many a fashion shoot, too. That includes the one below, by Studio Ransome.

It was shot against the beautiful backdrop of historical The Everyman Theatre, with its deep red velvet soft furnishings, gold gilded ceiling, giant chandelier, and its raw ironworks that are only visible backstage. It was the perfect backdrop to create an after-hours, disco-era party scene.

Pulling inspiration from the unashamed Glamour of NYC’s Studio 54 in the height of the 1970s, bold silhouettes and sparkling metallic palettes were created using only vintage, preloved and sustainable garments and accessories. All the looks were complemented by exaggerated, voluminous hair created with products from the sustainable company Davines. Styles. The styling was inspired by disco diva Donna Summers.

Attention-grabbing eyes, smokey, dazzling metallic textures that ooze shine, to reflect the bright lights of Studio 54. Rich shades of rose gold, olive green, warm bronze and sapphire blue; glossy nude lips and glowing skin bring to life the jumpsuits and sequins that were the focus of the collection, complemented with vintage lamé and Lurex textures.

Original 70s vintage pieces go hand in hand with Italian ‘slow fashion’ pieces. In this shoot, more was most definitely more!


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Photographer –  Kate Ransome @studio_ransome
Stylist – The Sustainable Vintage Stylist @thesustainablevintagestylist
Location @everymanchelt
Hair – Lizzie @simonsmithhair
MUA Anna Trevelyan @byannatrevelyan
Rosie Sanger-Davies @itsonlyrosie_
Thea Yasmin @theayasminx
Lilli Walker @liliawxo
Lucy Kennedy @lucylkennedy

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