Nancy Johnson was a popular fashion designer in the 80s & 90s with a signature high end vintage style. She ran distinctive black & white ad campaigns shot by photographers like Matthew Rolston and Herb Ritts. My friend, Creative Director Brian O'Reilly began working with her in the mid 90s and wanted to bring and even more authentic period look to the images. He asked me to do a test shoot he could present to them to better illustrate his concept which also might lead to me landing the next campaign.
We shot on a hazy afternoon on the upper east side of Manhattan near Central Park. He had gotten the model, who had a waif-ish Audrey Hepburn look I loved. I feel we really captured the period beautifully, perfectly styled from head to toe by Meg Goldman. I think most people would believe they'd been taken 40 years earlier if they did not know otherwise. When I saw the excellent and perfectly stylized period movie Carol I was reminded of these images and pulled them from files.
Though I didn't get the campaign, I did get some great images and testing for a specific client is a great way to get your foot in the door. In 2000 Nancy Johnson turned her designer's eye from clothing to jewelry and Brian went on to work for an array of amazing clients including Clinique. He is now the Global Creative Director of Beauty@Gotham.
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