Friday, October 5, 2012

Early Fashion Photographs by Clementina, Lady Hawarden in The 19th Century

Clementina, Viscountess Hawarden (1822-1865) produced over eight hundred photographs during her all-too-brief life. Most of these were portraits of her adolescent daughters. By whisking away the furniture and bric-a-brac common in scenes of upper-class homes of the Victorian period, Lady Hawarden transformed the sitting room of her London residence into a photographic studio - a private space for taking surprising photos of her daughters in fancy dress. In Carol Mavor's hands, these pictures become windows into Victorian culture, eroticism, mother-daughter relationships, and intimacy. With drama, wit, and verve, Lady Hawarden's girls, becoming women, entwine each other, their mirrored reflections and select feminine objects (an Indian travelling cabinet, a Gothic-style desk, a shell-covered box) as homoerotic partners.












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1 comment:

  1. the shots are adorable... love every single one and already pinned some ;D

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