Costume portrait Exposition
Photography by Stéphane Casali
The streets of our cities are full of noise and light and figures coming and going.
Our contemporaries are characters in their own right, but their stories are often similar.
The grey procession of suits and ties, standardized and sterile, bereft of all magic, the over-hyped
tribes and subcultures with their contrived eccentricities…
In our studio, it’s a different story: our costumes conjure up other times, other places, other ways of living.
And yet I am no nostalgic. I am not trying to entertain the fantasy of some golden age through the photography
of agency models. I have never intended to transport someone in another time. Look at the faces of those
portraits of yore: this could be you or me.
I have always believed that the costume took over the person wearing it, transcending them.
Adjusting a sleeve lapel, tightening up a corset or reworking a pair of pleated pants doesn’t
grant power over a costume; nor does putting it on some magazine beauty bring anything to the table.
At the end of the day, the costume turns you into what it is and uses you as a means to exist.
Such are my subjects. Histories about cloth, leather, lace, waiting only a wearer to be incarnated and speak.
Portraits of Costumes. Listen to them.
Des Portraits de Costumes. Écoutez-les.
May 23rd and 24th, 2015, the Geekopolis show – Paris
March 1st to 31st, 2015, Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde – Paris
December 8th to 16th, 2014, the Temps d’élégance Gallery – Paris