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Rocking a Vintage Turquoise Dress

Rocking a Vintage Turquoise Dress

All photos Copyright Kris Ashpole

What do you get when you mix a talented singer and performing artist with a vintage 1930’s style dress and a fabulous location in Sydney?  A little bit of magic and a really fun portrait shoot.

Channeling Hollywood glamour (maybe even American actress Veronica Lake), Carly-Anne chose an amazing turquoise vintage dress by London design house, John Charles for our shoot.  The dress was found by her Mum and Grandmother at an antique market in Wales (where Carly-Anne and her family are from), and was a gift for Carly-Anne.


Carly-Anne wanted a range of images to display her versatility and depth as an artist so we created a series of photos and different looks based around some fab outfits – mostly found in antique markets.

Our first series with the fabulous turquoise dress was shot at Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street.  Not where you’d expect to do a fashion lead photo shoot but as Sydney’s oldest hospital with buildings dating back to the early 1800’s, it has some amazing architecture which I love to use in my photos.


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Our next location was Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens,  where Carly-Anne wore a red jacket by Marilyn Anselm for Hobbs, an English fashion house and red leather gloves given to her by her mother.



And further down in the Botanic Gardens are several wonderful statues – perfect for our shoot.


One of the oldest Moreton Bay Fig Trees at Sydney’s Botanic gardens (said to be around 150 years old) provided a beautiful textural backdrop for another shot of Carly-Anne.



Next up was The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the oldest music schools in Australia, where Carly-Anne studied – a perfect backdrop for her photos with more stunning architectural details.  


The last series of photos in this shoot feature Carly-Anne in another fantastic vintage market find.  The Ralph Lauren jacket was found in Splott vintage markets in Cardiff, Wales.  If I ever get to Wales, I’m heading straight to these markets, they sound amazing.

All photos copyright Kris Ashpole

I had such an incredible time taking Carly-Anne’s photos.  She gave me so much during the shoot – such a beautiful soul and an interesting and generous woman.  It was great to spend the day with her chatting about art, life and love.   You can check out her Facebook page here. Carly-Anne’s hair and make-up were done by wonderfully talented, Sabrina Melei.  Big thanks to Carly-Anne for allowing me to share these photos.

Life has taught me that respect, caring and love must be shared, for it’s only through sharing that friendships are born. Donna A. Favours


Kris xx


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