Hair direction: Edwin Johnston for KMS California
Makeup and Wardrobe: Cheryl Gushue
Shot on location at Victoria, BC’s luxe Rosewood Hotel, Edwin Johnston’s latest collection, Weekend Teese, is an homage to vampy American burlesque and Anne Rice’s Nosferatu-infested New Orleans. Johnston, owner of the Cutting Room in Nanaimo, BC, says the concept came from watching the 1959 film The Vampire Lovers.
Also inspired by a Harper’s Bazaar photoshoot featuring well-known burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (from which the collection also derives its name), the three-image avant garde series features collisions of texture and hue, with an emphasis on unexpected colour placement and sleek-meets-frizz styling. Black harem pants and shiny leggings, along with gothic-inspired makeup courtesy of Cheryl Gushue, are paired with Old World-style armchairs and patterned wallpaper to complete the image of the eternally-youthful and alluring vampire.