Mid-Beach Mod-wives with Ariel & Teresa

            This shoot was inspired by a night of after-dinner drinks at Teresa's beautiful Miami Beach residence. Her backyard pool, flanked with exotic palms transported me to Miami Beach circa 1970's. Her, Ariel, and I had just had dinner and were talking about amongst other things womanhood and sexuality as it pertains to female and masculine roles. Sitting next to these beautiful women as we smoked weed and drank wine I started to wonder what two housewives might have looked like during the 70's. I thought about youth, glamour, and female resignation. I wondered what despondency might look like on women of privilege from that golden era. Dress has always been a tool for cultivating and exploring sexuality- whether subtle or explicit. The 70's was a period of decadence in Miami Beach - I imagine it as a time of sexual freedom propelled by easy access to drugs of all kinds. I sought to marry that feeling of excess with elements from the 1920's because that was another era characterized by decadence and female sexual exploration. I suppose in a sense, female  sexual identity - at least in the 21st century is perpetually going through a bit of an overhaul- constantly reinventing itself,  steadfastly pushing boundaries;  I think that is an excitingly beautiful thing. 

       For the shoot I mixed some custom 70's inspired pieces I made with items I'd repurposed from a nearby Goodwill. The beautiful jewelry was graciously provided by Ariel- who let me rummage through her impressive personal collection, and gold turbans were Teresa's own by designer Julia Clancey. 

Photographed by Loren Blandon @l_bee

 

 

Ariel is wearing a Fuchsia Slip Dress and Lace Kimono from Goodwill. Rose gold turban by Julia Clancey and shoes from Sam Edelman

Ariel is wearing a Fuchsia Slip Dress and Lace Kimono from Goodwill. Rose gold turban by Julia Clancey and shoes from Sam Edelman

Teresa is wearing a repurposed slip dress from Goodwill. I created side seam slits, tailored the fit, used the cutout fabric to make a the rosette that sits on her left hip and added fringe to hem and sleeve. Her shoes are from Steve Madden and the turban is a  bronze slip dress that I wrapped as a turban. 

Teresa is wearing a repurposed slip dress from Goodwill. I created side seam slits, tailored the fit, used the cutout fabric to make a the rosette that sits on her left hip and added fringe to hem and sleeve. Her shoes are from Steve Madden and the turban is a  bronze slip dress that I wrapped as a turban. 

Ariel is wearing a custom kaftan and turban I created paired with jewelry from her personal collection. 

Ariel is wearing a custom kaftan and turban I created paired with jewelry from her personal collection. 

I found these high waisted trousers at Goodwill and cut the side seams open, re-stitched the front and back panels and added gold fringe trim to the hem. Jewelry provided from Ariel's personal collection, shoes Teresa's own.  

I found these high waisted trousers at Goodwill and cut the side seams open, re-stitched the front and back panels and added gold fringe trim to the hem. Jewelry provided from Ariel's personal collection, shoes Teresa's own.

 

Teresa is wearing a repurposed scarf as a bandeau wrapped top I found at Goodwill and glitter foil turban by Julia Clancey. Purse is my own purchased from a market vendor in China back in 2004. 

Teresa is wearing a repurposed scarf as a bandeau wrapped top I found at Goodwill and glitter foil turban by Julia Clancey. Purse is my own purchased from a market vendor in China back in 2004. 

Crystal Ramkissoon