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Classic Statues Photographed as Everyday Hipsters

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This series asks the question “What is the importance of clothing in our modern society?” How you dress is who you are. When you dress statues, suddenly no longer are they simply reclining figures from the distant past, they now look to be figures from modern and hip cities of today. Because they are made relevant to our current styles, we can see the realism and humanity in each figure.
Leo Caillard

After spending a day at the Louvre in Paris, photographer Leo Caillard had the genius idea to dress classic statues in what he calls “hipster” clothing. These nude statues represent an ideal iconic figure, a concept of perfection. By clothing them, Caillard is addressing the power of representation.

To make these images, Caillard first photographed the individual statues. He then casted people who had the same body shape as the statues. He asked them to dress in “hipster-style” clothing for the shoot. He photographed the models in studio matching them with the position of the statue and using the same lighting. In post, he combines both photographs to make his final image.

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Feature Shoot Contributing Editor Julia Sabot is the Associate Photo Editor at Dwell.

  • Tergo

    Super rad!

  • Emilie

    Amazing! They do look so modern with clothes on.

  • name

    Hipsters not detected.

  • Jen

    Striking and disorienting and very cool.

  • Ummm

    Where are the hipsters?! This looks like a JC Penny mailer!

  • Duh

    Agreed. Thats jc penny and gap clothing, not hipster clothes or accessories! They look like douches.

  • John

    looks awful. Creativity has gone to hell

  • Aron

    @Ummm @Duh
    I think we can safely assume that ‘hipster clothing’ implies different things in different places… and you’re not from Paris, right?

    Neat photos!

  • Yeah.

    Somebody is missing the point… Gap, JC Penny, who cares… still a pretty cool project.

  • This is Numb

    This is really stupid. And yes, the clothes are light-years away from anything stylish. Is this an ad for American Eagle?

  • howard

    I think, that if god had intended for us to run around naked, we would have been born that way….just sayin’

  • Jessica

    I think it’s a really cool idea and some great pictures. I really don’t care where the clothes may be from. I appreciate the project and the fact that it has been possible for me to see it in Sweden. Keep up the good work!

  • Ummm

    @Aron I too think the photos/concept are great, but there is nothing even remotely hipster here. That said, I think the photos would be even better if they were actually dressed as hipsters…

  • Shelly

    The juxtaposition of the project is intriguing. People wore clothes back in the day these statues were made, but the concept of timeless art was that it could be any naked lady/dude in any time period (or at least any well groomed european i suppose). That was the point of nude portraiture. As Leo introduces the clothing factor, this piece of art is now dated.

    Maybe it was unintentional but the presence of clothing is a subtle reminder why these statues are considered classics as they may become relatable to any future generation (in their own way).

  • http://www.hereinvannuys.com Andy

    I think the reason these creations (which are think are brilliant) do not entirely register “Hipster” is that they are too well built. Broad-shouldered, thick-legged, sculpted and healthy, they are not the waifs or pencil thin geeky types one sees in Hipsterland.

  • Lisa

    These are for fun, and they are! Delightful. Ha! Thanks for the smiles!

  • http://mootr.com/hipster-clothing-for-you/ Shelly

    Brilliant idea! They are wonderful with clothes on.

  • shatto

    i like them when they are clothed.