Kirsty Mitchell – photographs from the Garden of England

Kirsty Mitchell - About Wonderland - Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake

If you are a photographer the web is an ideal place to share your labours of love – that is assuming your site gets found among the endless virtual real estate that is the online realm, and then that the ever updating Google search algorithms treat you kindly. Because with a very modest digital camera pretty much anyone can set up shop online as a hopefully-professional photographer. And digital cameras of a very high standard indeed can be purchased on quite modest budgets such is the advancement of digital photographic technology. But a high-resolution digital camera and a web-site will only get you so far – to stand out from the pixelated crowd you need art and you need a distinctive vision. Kirsty Mitchell

Kirsty Mitchell certainly has vision. I especially enjoy the staged scenes of dissipated women among the twilight flora – both as one, as nature. It is not all nature though – human-made paraphernalia strews itself in some shots but in the main hauteur-horticulture pervades.

Kirsty Mitchell is from Kent in England – Kent is known as the ‘Garden of England’ – so perhaps then these scenes are inevitable. On her website she explains a background in art and fashion – photography being a relatively recent artistic endeavour following an illness in 2007 causing her to retire her fashion career. Her fashion internships were at the design studios of Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan– what designers to be interned to! As well as a gallery of her work her photographs can be purchased from her website store. Finally she presents a diary of her work. With photography words are not really that necessary? You reader will have a different response to her work than me, and even if we are of similar mind (which really is doubtful!) the pictures will still say far more than any words I could write about them.

Kirsty Mitchell Dryad


This post then is a humble pitch for her work – to go and see for yourself. Unlike some photography blogs which present watermarked and near-thumbnail images, on this blog the photographs are available to see full-screen, fully saturated. I present a smattering here which also can be viewed in greater size if you click on the image. What do you think? Does she stand out from the sound of the crowd?I stated that I think she has a distinctive vision – but does she have art?

Kirsty Mitchell The White Witch

The White Witch

Kirsty Mitchell A Most Beautiful Death

A Most Beautiful Death

Hussein Chalayan – Fashion Narratives

Decorative Arts Museum Paris

Hussein Chalayan Heliopolis 2006 Collection

Heliopolis Collection 2006

The Decorative Arts Museum in Paris is currently showing through November 13 the works of British-Turkish Cypriot Fashion Designer Hussein Chalayan in an exhibition titled ‘Récits de Mode’.

Hussein Chalayan After Words Collection 2000

After Words 2000 Collection

A similar exhibition some may have seen and recall at the London Design Museum in 2009.

The Decorative Arts Museum provides a lot of text and visuals on the exhibition on their website. The site is in French, there is an English version of it, though it does not provide as many details on the show.

Chalayan is another graduate from Central Saint Martins College (1993) and like Alexander McQueen has always stressed his work is as much about the design and the architectural as the fashion. His website includes as many art projects and videos as it does fashion pieces.

The exhibition is not simply fashion behind glass but is interactive and explorative allowing you to see the processes involved at all stages of the work via various media.

The exhibition commences from a decomposing dress of his opening 1993 graduate show and then follows along his varied and creative fashion career including the synthetic paper airmail-dresses and fibre-glass ‘airplane’ dresses.

A book detailing the exhibition and overseen by its curator Pamela Golbin is available on the website to purchase.

The exhibition provides you with lots of supporting narrative but we can also of course put aside the contexts and let the visual impact of his works speak to us directly.