The Performer

Saskia de Brauw’s magic as a model is that she embodies a variety of makeups: the air of a performer, the feminine, the masculine, fluidity, and cultish good looks. In the hands of Cass Bird, there is editorial dynamism to be had. For the cover story of Vogue Korea’s March issue, Bird and Saskia operate in tune creating a kinetic, dance-inspired spread of fashion imagery. Ye Young Kim dresses the story in balletic styling and it’s an underplay of beige gauzy cottons and gossamer silks. Tamara Mcnaughton (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) and Yumi Mori keep things natural by accentuating an already ruddy glow and tousled hair. Cass Bird’s unfettered approach is to introduce her subjects into an environment and capture the results. By remitting some of her control she allows the space to engender and evoke the model’s personality–in this case as the role of dancer. An artist herself, Saskia studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and her own work similarly explores that very kind of relationship with inhabitation. Together some lighthearted theatrics were had instilling a rhapsody of genuine, imperfect movement. Surely Bird’s anti-influence played a role as Saskia comes through as unguarded and untaught–playful and childlike, finessing Saskia’s ability to change her presence from powerful to innocent, and back.

Photos courtesy of Vogue Korea

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