At one point in time, mine was the exciting life filled with ever-changing adventures and Tawn was the one who went to the office every day, living a life of nine to five drudgery. Nowadays, as he is moving towards his dream of being a fashion designer, his life is the eventful one and I’m fading to a quiet support role. The latest big event was a photo shoot of the first collection on his own label, Tawn C, to create a “look book.”
As I understand it, a look book doesn’t necessarily have to display every outfit in the collection. Instead, it is meant to convey the overall feel of the collection, to tell the “story” of the woman for whom the collection was designed. Tawn will use the look book to pitch his collection to prospective vendors including some of the large department stores here in Bangkok.
Tawn called in a half-dozen people with whom he has worked on other events, assembling a talented but reasonably priced team to assist with styling, make-up, and hair. Our “annex” – the studio unit adjacent to our main condo, was turned into the backstage area. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of work I could do other than to prepare the snacks to keep the talent satisfied.
The setting for the photo shoot was out unit, which not only saved money but also matched the style of Tawn’s collection. Above, photographer Siwanat Phangbunkumlarp directs the models. The model on the left is a Russian with whom Tawn worked at his student fashion show. The model on the right is Thai-German and was added later when the Russian woman’s twin sister was no longer available to do the shoot.
Khun Siwanat did a very detailed job, having scouted the location in advance, discussed the overall themes with Tawn, and plotted the look and feel of different shots. It ultimately took something like 10 hours to shoot the entire sequence, but the results were very nice. Here are some of my favorite shots. These are pre touch-up, as the versions that Tawn will use on his website underwent modest Photoshopping.
Stay tuned for more updates on the adventures here in Bangkok as Tawn pursues his dreams and Chris supports him.