Moody Bridals Inspired by Georgian Folklore
From the recent Pearl & Godiva Workshop, attendees were treated to a full emersion into the culture and folklore of the country of Georgia. With what we would consider pure emotive gold, we are instantly transported into this alternate reality of sorts with a mix of contemporary and historic. Kyle John Photo brilliantly captured these moments with a dark, sultry, and moody feel. Go ahead and have a quick read into the inspiration behind today's incredible Georgian editorial... oh and be sure to watch the riveting video by Studio_moments!
From Linn Peterson: "Early fall of this year, a group of aspiring and established creatives from around the world gathered in the countryside a few hours outside Tbilisi to participate in the Pearl and Godiva - Little Styling Pilgrimage. In spite of it’s incredible charm, the old Soviet Country intersected on the cusp of Eastern Europe and Asia still has yet to become a hot tourist destination. For several of the participants it was an unexpected travel destination, but as unexpected adventures tend to do, this journey as well proved to be most transformative creatively and spiritually for the group. Nestled in between mountains, and surrounded by fruitful orchards ripe with kiwi and apple trees, vegetable fields, honey farms, and wine stocks as far as the eye could see, the village seemed to be completely self sufficient. At once a picture of wealth with expanding mansions and healthy agriculture, and yet contrasted by a certain natural wildness, the area overgrown with greenery, buildings and landmarks left unkept. The locals welcomed the visitors with bread and wine, fresh honey and baskets of fruit, that kind of neighborly village mentality that you mostly imagine exists only in the movies. The kindness and the hospitality of the Georgian people, especially the hosts, and this oxymoronic surrounding beauty, both luscious and deteriorating, provided the perfect setting for the workshop emphasizing creative exploration as a pathway to higher self-awareness and truth within the participants work. A pilgrimage to learn how to see with new eyes — and so the creatives did.
As with Pearl and Godiva’s other work, the final product was a stunning editorial driven by a strong narrative. In this case the narrative was influenced by Georgian folklore to create a contemporary sort of folk tale based loosely on the Georgian version of Tattercoats, and approached with Pearls artfully curated sense of style and natural instinct. By embracing simplicity and consciously extracting any visual and sensory clutter Pearl created a modern concept within a historic setting. Utilizing sheer fabrics worn almost bare to the point of translucence and coats thrown over dresses, Pearl thoughtfully designed the modern romantic leading lady in the narrative of this beautiful love story you are presented with today. "
Photography: Kyle John Photo | Concept, Styling and Creative Direction: Pearl & Godiva | Black Sheer gowns, Black Tulle veil and White Tulle Skirt: Emily Riggs Bridal | Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry | Lace gown: Sophia Kokosalaki | Make up and Hair: Yana Bendeliani | Video: Studio_moments | Models: Look Models | Stationery: Tara Spencer | Assistant: Natia Gigolashvili | with forever thanks and gratitude to Tamara Gigola