Paris-based photographer Vivienne Mok is entirely self-taught, her soft, painterly aesthetic being deeply rooted in her history in fashion design. Shortly after studying at Parsons School of Design and taking a position at a French fashion house, she began shooting as a means of showcasing her garments. Soon after, her photography took on a life of its own, her flowing fabrics laying the foundation for ethereal and imaginative visions of mysterious young women.
Each of Mok’s portraits are labors of love, constructed with attention to even the finest details. She works closely with her models, often in a one-on-one setting, to create complex narratives behind each item, whether it be a nude leotard or a sweeping wedding dress. When she does not create the clothes herself, Mok remains critically involved in the styling process. She scours flea markets in search old, discarded treasures with which to decorate interior shoots, and she prefers to keep makeup and hair styling to a minimum, preserving her models’ natural look.
Whether she’s on location or shooting in her own home, Mok’s photographs exist outside of time, occupying a space of fantasy and daydreams.
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