Today's editorial is full of vibrant color making us oh so happy! We are thrilled to showcase this gorgeous editorial concept based on one of the best known painters in the world - Vincent van Gogh. Elizabeth's Cake Emporium came up with this concept of a happy, joyful styled shoot based on Van Gogh's love of yellow and blue.
Dreamy Van Gogh Inspired Editorial in London
This styled shoot captured the textures and vivid tones found in several Van Gogh's paintings including Cafe Terrace at Night, Irises, Chair, Girl in White and of course Starry Night. The modern art paintings on the walls of the Number 10 and No. 11 Carlton House Terrace were a sign that the team's Van Gogh's lucid dreams shoot would be best presented at this venue!
The venue currently houses the British Academy. The atrium with its very high ceilings and beautiful light was the perfect setting for this shoot. The tablescape created by Wild About featured their signature tall and elegant floral design. The outstanding overhanging flower canopy ran across the length of the table and featured different hues of yellow flowers from the deepest ochre Van Gogh was famous for, to the palest and creamiest yellow. The flowers used included sunflowers, roses, oncidium dancing lady orchids, cymbidium orchids, Craspedia, Fritillaria, tulips as well as assorted greenery.
Each place setting featured ornate gold charger plates which were topped with yellow plates sourced from Italy and hand carved sunflower ceramic plates. The charger plates, etched gold rimmed crystal and gold cutlery were from Classic Crockery.
Ananya Cards, created beautiful deep blue stationery edged in gold which featured a specially created monogram and the most elegant calligraphy. The menus were placed on mini easels, as a nod to the artist. The table linen was and gold edged yellow velvet chairs completed the look.
For this shoot, Elizabeth created four luxury wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies and mini chocolate magnums. The main cake was a 7 tiered Van Gogh mottled deep blue baroque confection. The baroque detailing gave the cake grandeur and the yellow sugar flowers adorning the cake were in different shades of yellow. The handcrafted sugar flowers included tulips, roses, dahlias, peonies and gold leaves. The second cake was a blue gravity defying split cake with hundreds of yellow sugar flowers seemingly cascading out of the centre. This cake was created to reflect the prolific art that poured out of Van Gogh despite the darkness that often over took him. The other cakes were distressed and decorated with bas relief, gold leaf, wafer paper and crackled effect and symbolised the fact that art is often never perfect!
The dresses offered three different looks to mimic three famous Van Gogh pantings. The first, reminiscent of Van Gogh's Girl in White, included a high waisted skirt and paired with a silk chiffon and swiss-dot tulle peasant bodice for an informal bridal look. ProvenÃÂ§al sunflowers were the inspiration behind the second look including a high ruffle-necked blouse made from tulle embroidered with little sunflowers that were hand tinted in shades of golden yellow and burnt sienna. The third look was inspired by the yellow shad that glows in most of his works which included a supple shimmering silk satin gown with a huge stylised sunflower.
Keep scrolling to see more images from one of most sought after luxury fine art photographers in the UK, Roberta Facchini. We can all agree that she has succeeded in showcasing the essence of Van Gogh's Lucid Dreams!
Harriet Wilde and Kurt Geiger | Hats: Lomax and Skinner Bespoke Millinery