My best friend Arjana is an actress. And a singer. And all around hilarious, creative and awesome person. While we spent most of our childhood practically inseparable, it’s a rare occasion now that we find ourselves in the same time zone. So, on a cold weekend in March, when we had just the slightest excuse for a slumber party, we knew we had to commemorate it with a memorable photoshoot.
I had an adorable patchwork dress on loan from Delight Worthyn, and I’d been itching to use it for over a month. That was our given. The rest of the concept was up for some debate. Was the dress 1930s? 70s? It looked fantastic with my mom’s old hat, bought new in Greenwich Village in 1974, but Arjana looked so great with pincurls.
The following photo caused a surprising bit of controversy on Facebook- to the point where I actually hesitated writing this blog post. We were accused of historical dichotomy, insolence, and irrational irony. But the explanation- aside from the fact that we had one old newspaper lying around and it was grabbed, along with several books and sunglasses, as a random prop- is really quite simple.
The story here is of a young woman, who has just made her way to the Big Apple. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, she is shy and quirky, but has grandiose dreams of making it big on Broadway. She soon meets Bob Fosse at a coffee shop in the Village. Fascinated by her awkward limbs, he takes her on as his own personal assistant, and begins to train her in dance. Her days soon blur between paperwork and her new role as an understudy in a Pal Joey revival, leaving her little time to change her hair between late night shows and morning coffee.
See. It all makes sense now.
- Date: Saturday March 7, 2015
- Location: Worcester
- Photographs: Kayt Silvers and TJ Bynes
- Model: Arjana Andris
- Silk and velvet Patchwork dress: Delight Worthyn (available here)