The photo shoot inspired by the play in four acts Three Sisters, written by Anton Chekhov in 1900. It let us to take a peek into closed yet colourful and effervescent world of the three sisters, longing for life in a capital (to Moscow! to Moscow!), the lofty world they see in their dreams. The sisterhood – their small sorority, their tiny sovereign republic, where there is a single priority – freedom, achieved by a single mean – fashion. Each dress as a quantum of energy, required to change the direction of their fate; each shirt as a milestone on their path to self-actualisation.
We observe the girls like a birdwatcher, observing flock of exotic birds – each one with own unique character, different need, incredibly complex desires and ethereal beauty. We look at the interior – the round table and the chairs with fastidiously shaped legs; the carved oak buffet; all looks normal and familiar, but something is happening here, that makes us look closer to details: the tea served into crystal Glass, the rifle aimed at heroines, blindfolds and mental state of doubt, dangling in heavy air of this house full of history.
Sisters are striving to go from a small town back to Moscow. All the ignorance behind the doors of their home makes them sick, they dream to plunge into the social life of the capital. Girls toil endlessly and living on the edge of the slogan “Work!”, one of them constantly in need to be useful for society. They trust only each other, even in dangerous games.
Chekhov’s Three Sisters is relevant to contemporary life in small towns of Russia, young people see themselves out of routine and want to celebrate life and fashion in capitals. All models from this shoot are from Lumpen Model Agency, which philosophy to acquaint intentionally un-glamorous faces from across Russia. Named for the term for a social outcast, Lumpen’s aim is to show the fringes of Russian society. In this photo story to complete the whole idea the clothes had been taken from Naya Rea, her new collection inspired with her childhood spent in Siberia.
Collection by NAYA REA is a celebration of dualities: fragile and weightless snowflake versus heavy, mountainous snow piles; the Siberian cold versus warmth of the furnace; the spare colors of winter versus intense, kaleidoscopic beauty of summer meadows. NAYA REA makes the contrast a theme of her collection: the flow of bright orange velvet pants is suddenly matched to a checker-ed cotton shirt with ruffled sleeves, the velvet & lace, the checker-ed pattern and embroidery, the warmth of the woollen dress – and the opened shoulder, the flowers – and the bear.