High fashion is not without its masters be they of the cloth (secular), scissor, brush, or lens, whatever the medium only the exquisite will do. The September 2014 issue of Vogue Italia page after page proves itself to be a masterclass of fall fashion and with the excellent Paolo Roversi firing shutter upon shutter it is not difficult to see why. An fine artist needs a subject and Roversi finds his in Malgosia Bela amongst a cast of others. The story opens with a prologue taken from Dostoevsky’s Letters and Reminiscences that articulates the mountain of a task that is artistic creation, “All writers who have tried to represent the absolute beauty have always failed, because it is an impossible task. The beauty is the ideal, and the ideal is still far from having crystallized.” For Dostoevsky the ideal was elusive and yet he still wrote. In another era and in a different medium Roversi is no different and very likely even edges that much closer to the ideal crystallized on the page before him in the form of Malgosia Bela.
Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia N°769 September 2014; Photography, Paolo Roversi; Fashion editorial, Camille Bidault-Waddington; Hair, Yannick D’Is at Management + Artists using Oribe; Makeup, Marie Duhart at Atomo Management; Manicure, Lucia Cheptene at B4 Agency; Set design, Sophie Durham; Production, Marion Nobleaux at PRODn Paris.