Morocco meeting Spain was one of the first ideas that came to mind with this Fusion series, as I completely adore both cultures and how well their styles complement each other. It all started while I was at a Moroccan hookah lounge (Kasbah) in Seattle, and I noticed how very reminiscent of Spanish fabric tones the colors of the lanterns and cushions were. They were characterized by vibrant jewel toned colors, bold shapes, interesting shadows throughout the space, and such an exotic sense. I got so excited and had a rush of ideas! I immediately thought of a red dress/kaftan with a dust brown background (this is the only time where all the green scenery the PNW has to offer aren't quite useful), and then stepped back and thought of what else I could work with..
One thing I've noticed about ideas is that the finished product may not always be exactly what you initially had in mind, but I've come to learn that that's not necessarily bad. In this case, it challenged me to stretch the boundaries of the original concept to create a shoot that sort of took a life of its own. I find that putting a Pinterest board together helps me organize my thoughts and vision, and so my ideation usually starts there. If you're interested in seeing the mood board for this project, check it out here - Morocco X Spain. :)
I decided to go with this beautifully embellished Moroccan Kaftan, as I was fascinated by the movement of the dress, and the hint of red. Everything about it reminded me of traditional flamenco dancers. You can only imagine how much fun I had with Jessica shooting this dress, exploring the movement and laughing at Jessica's goofy faces (good times!). One thing that struck me while looking for the right kaftan, was the variety of kaftan styles worn by several cultures. Ranging from more casual pieces like the one I have on here, to extravagant dresses that are worn to weddings in Morocco and a few other countries. I kept the theme around red and black, a palette I usually don't opt for, but I love the high contrast and the sense of drama and mystery they bring when put together, especially in this context. The red flower crown and romantic jewelry were added to lend some more Spanish flair to the dance between both cultures.
Many thanks to the amazing photographer, I worked with on this project- Jessica. Not only was it a pure joy working and putting this shoot together with her, but I've also been incredibly inspired by the person she is, her strength, depth and beauty. :) Be sure to check out her site here, to see more of her incredible work!
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