Supermodel Karlie Kloss channels her ballerina past in behind-the-scenes sneak peek at stunning new shoot
20:38 GMT, 20 July 2012
Before she was a supermodel, Karlie Kloss was a professional ballerina.
Now the 19-year-old is channeling her en pointe roots in a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a yet-to-be-released fashion shoot for W magazine.
The athletic model slipped on her dancing shoes for photographer Nick Knight, while showcasing some of the most covetable couture dresses that walked down the runway just days prior.
En pointe: Karlie Kloss, wearing Elie Saab, slipped on her dancing shoes while showcasing some of the most covetable couture dresses that had walked down the runway just three days prior
Refining the refined: Last minute nail touch ups before the 19-year-old model steps on set in Valentino for W magazine's September/October issue
Shot in Paris over two days right after the fall 2012 couture shows, W magazine's style director Edward Enninful outfitted Miss Kloss in designs from the likes of Chanel, Dior and Valentino for its September/October issue.
Evoking couture's traditional majesty, hairstylist Sam McKnight and make-up artist Val Garland transformed the model into a fanciful geisha doll come eclectic Marie Antoinette.
In its soft shade of pink and
thousands of beads, sequins, and crystals, the model looks so poised
and elegant in Elie Saab's tulle masterpiece it's as if the image, with the big black bow and soft yellow curls, was taken straight from a classical
ballet rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Extravagance and Majesty: Natasha Montrose from Chanel fine tuning the grand wedding gown on Miss Kloss (left), before she poses in Jean Paul Gaultier (right)
Miss Kloss, who studied dance at the prestigious Caston's Ballet Acadamie in St. Louis, has called
her classical training 'a beautiful thing' that taught her how to move
in the modelling world, something she says, was great training ground
for the runway.
With vintage as Karl Largerfeld's theme, or 'new vintage' as he called it, Miss Kloss looked like an ethereal Marie Antoinette in Chanel's grand couture finale, the Robe de Marriage.
Transforming Jean Paul Gaultier's silken kimono-styled eveningwear, Miss Kloss played up the designers decadent, romantic and polymorphous fashion sensibility posing legs-in-the-air on a French chaise lounge.
J'adore Dior: Miss Kloss wearing Dior, says her classical ballet training is 'a beautiful thing' that taught her how to move gracefully in the modelling world
In bloom: Miss Kloss in a flower head piece made by Sam McKnight
Filtering details from each couture show, like Raf Simons' solid tapestry of one million fresh flowers that lined the salons of his debut couture show for Dior; Chanel's less jeune fille, more grown-up and gutsy aesthetic; Elie Saab's soft palette of pinks and blues, and adding Jean Paul Gaultier's absinthe, coral, gold, and purple; the shoot creates its own magical set, the colours of Opium Dreams.
These Instagram pictures taken by Nick Knight give a small glimpse into the elaborate work and meticulous details that are involved in creating what appears on in the magazine to an untrained eye as simply an eight page fashion spread.
Runway to real-way: One of Raf Simon's dresses walks down the Dior couture runway on July 2nd (left), the same dress gets a lighting test as Nick Knight's assistant Chloe holds it up before the shoot (right)
Behind-the-scenes: From separate lighting tests for each outfit, to a full production crew to organise each dress's complex journey from the Paris runways to the studio, the shoot is as detailed as the dresses it showcases
Sneak peek: Nick Knight (pictured) shots Karlie Kloss while they wait for the Iris Van Herpen dress to arrive
separate lighting tests for each outfit, to a full production crew to organise each dresses complex journey from the Paris runways to the
studio, and hour-long make-up and hair changes between each look, the
shoot itself is just as detailed as the couture pieces it showcases.
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