Ancient Asia Inspired by the Three Perfections
Inspired by ancient oriental art, Singapore wedding vendors came together to create three romantic settings that beautifully blend contemporary looks with ancient tradition. Designed by Flour, it’s as if we’ve stepped into something from a dream. Delicate watercolor backdrops, lush Chinese gardens, and bold anthuriums barely scratches the surface of this breathtaking editorial. Iki Company was behind the lens to capture the magic so get ready to be blown away by this beaut.
From the stylist, Flour: We took ancient oriental paintings as our visual cues, and curated three ‘paintings’ namely ‘‘Shan Shui ??’, ‘Pavilion ??’ and ‘Portrait ???’. All in all, this shoot sought to evoke the ‘spiritual resemblance’ of Chinese painting. Reinventing traditional forms and freely experiment with them to represent ideas. Bringing them close to the contemporary world, yet at the same time, revering cultural heritage and art traditions.
Chinese Landscape ??
Also known as Shan Shui, this refers to a style of traditional Chinese painting that involves or depicts scenery or natural landscapes. A continuous synchrony of limpid ripples and sublime landscapes. We wanted to build a massive mountainous backdrop which resembles a Chinese landscape painting, and so we went ahead to study the key features of Chinese landscapes and how we can miniaturize larger natural landscapes. We built the mountainscape installation in a way that you can’t see or experience the entire installation all at once. Instead, small scenes were set up so that as you wander through the installation, you come upon several intimate settings to view.
Chinese pavilion refers to a garden pavilion in traditional Chinese architecture. An affinity with people and the landscape, a sanctuary to share. This particular scene stresses the harmony and affinity between man and nature, and how man interact with nature. We wanted to achieve that poised and tranquil look, just like ancient Chinese pavilion paintings. We also went for the more high fashion oriental look, with a touch of quirk which we feel will best express such beauty of nature.
In traditional Chinese art, the self-portrait is never the mainstream, and has been heavily influenced by figure painting, in which the figure is situated in a specific setting to form a narrative. More importantly, traditional Chinese portraits emphasize less physical appearances but focus more on the spirit of the subject. In a portrait painting, the self as a subject seems worthy for focus and attention, equal to other subjects like landscape, still life or other natural subjects. As such, we kept this scene as simple and direct as we can, to bring out that adventurous individualism.
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Photography: Iki Company
Florals + Space Styling: Flour
Gown: Caramel & Co
Hair + Make Up: Autelier Makeup
Stationery + Invites: A Brush With Mel
Model: Kaci with Basic Models