The end of 2016 finished on a high for the Karen Willis Holmes team, shooting the exciting new campaign at Montsalvat, Australias oldest artists colony in Eltham, Victoria. The shoot features new Karen Willis Holmes gowns from the BESPOKE and DYG collections, as well as revisiting our favourite gowns from the current collection.
We decided to shoot at Monsalvat because it exudes an old world romance synonymous with the Karen Willis Holmes brand through the contrast of whimsical internal and external spaces, soft tones and sweeping hills. The classic example of French provincial gothic style architecture features extravagant exhibition halls with cathedral height ceilings, striking stained glass windows that lead to small corridors, spilling onto the richly established gardens. The winding stairs inside twist around to tiny balconies, offering a breathtaking view of the grounds & the numerous historical mud brick buildings that surround. Peacocks and ducks roam wild, adding drama to the whimsical space & creating a perfect backdrop for the 2017 Karen Willis Holmes campaign.
It is simply a photographer's dream to shoot at Montsalvat with Bek Smith working her magic behind the lens & Bunched together providing the stunning botanicals & foliage that perfectly complimented the gowns we were shooting. Videographer Lauren Schulz interpreted the shoot from another perspective, showing off all the gowns in movement. Sultry eyes and deep plum lips finished off the looks by talented make-up artist Sophie Knox.
Lace featured, with long sleeve corded lace overlays & nude slips, glamorous ball gowns with sweeping trains & structured fitted gowns creating a modern romance throughout the grounds. We are so excited to share with you this beautiful shoot put together by an incredibly talented team.
Abbey Bodice & the Selena Train
Gerry Bodice & the Melanie Skirt
Gerry & Merida
Milani Corded Lace Overlay
Ophelia & the Joni skirt
Blake bodice & Prea skirt
Shelly bodice & the Melanie skirt
Shelly bodice & the Samantha skirt
Ophelia bodice & the Joni skirt
Gowns- Karen Willis Holmes
Photographer- Bek Smith
Florist- Bunched together
Hair & Makeup- Sophie Knox
Videographer- Lauren Schulz
Model- Brooke Meredith
Location- Montsalvat, Eltham