Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My dolls in Haute Couture: a photoshoot for Grazia India magazine!

A while ago the editor of Grazia India, Nadnini Bhalla contacted me about doing a photoshoot with my fashion dolls for the magazine, with them wearing miniature outfits created by Indian fashion designers. She said she loved my Vogue mock up covers and wanted to make something in that context for the photoshoot. Of course I agreed and started planning the whole thing. After a while, the outfists arrived. Opening the garment bag of each one was a surprise: the worksmanship was incredible. The designers, with only a basic pattern to help them had made miniature miracles. Some of the outfits had miniscule accessories with them, which made them even more incredible.

Turmeric sequin ball gown and gloves, Lecoanet Hemant

Not all the outfits were made in the exact doll sizes I had provided. Some were too big or too small to fit on either 12" dolls or 16" dolls. But with the help of pins and proper posing, all of them were finally photographed by me with my dolls wearing them. From a huge number of photos, I picked soem and sent them over to have the magazine editors finalize the selection and layout. When this was done, it was ready for printing. The issue was out in May and it was a huge 12-page spread exclusive. I am publishing the results here and hope you like them! In future posts, I will feature each and every dress seperately, with facts about the designer, the specific dress and also photos of the original outfit on the runway. Enjoy!

Jumpsuit, Raakesh Agarvwal; Bubble-hem dress, Sitara By Manjaree; Bambino-print maxi, Kallol Dutta

Bubble-hem dress, Sitara By Manjaree

Ombre pleated gown, Nachiket Barve

Ruched Dress with circuitry sleeve, Prashant Verma

I would also like to thanks Nandini Bhalla (senior editor), Nidhi Jacob (editor) and Rajni Phatak (accounts) for their incredible help and collaboration and coordination of this dream project! Grazia India is in great hands!

Lame origami gown, Varun Sardana; Lime one-shouldered maxi, Gauri and Nainika

Ball gown with rosette train, Preeti Chandra

Sheer knotted dresses, Anuj Sharma

Tie-dye sleeveless jacket and top over satin pants, Savio Jon

Sequin strapless dress, Namrata Joshipura

Textured prom dress, Alpana and Neeraj

The shoot was also published in an indian blog about fashion, High Heel Confidential. The photos below of the magazine pages scanned are from that blog as I still have not received the magazine to scan them myself.

All photographs for Grazia are not to be published in any other form, in print or electronically without permission from the magazine and me. Photos published by special permission of Grazia Magazine.


  1. Stratos...this stuff is amazing. You are so lucky (and talented) to have been offered this opportunity to play with and photograph such wonderful fashions. Was this a contest? What type of magazine is Grazia? I'd love to get a hard copy of the magazine.

  2. Εκπληκτικές είναι...μπράβο!

  3. Εκτός από την ίδια την συλλογή.....Η φωτογράφιση είναι εκπληκτική!

  4. @ Terri-thanks for your kind words and compliments! No it was not a contest, they found my blog, saw my Vogue cover mock ups and decided to work with me. Grazia is a fashion magazine based in Italy and has editions all over the world - in India it belongs to the Hearst - Time corporation. I think you can find copies of it on eBay.

    @gsus - thanks file!

    @elafini- ευχαριστώ! Χαίρομαι που σου αρέσουν!

  5. Congratulations--fantastic!!! Bravo!!!

  6. Rosemarie in CalgaryJune 9, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Absolutely stunning! How exciting to be able to do something like this with a magazine and these very talented designers. A once in a lifetime experience!! Thank you for sharing this with us. Is there any way I can get a copy of the magazine? Is it published internationally? romitazz@shaw.ca

  7. Great fashion photos.. I just love everything on them..

  8. WOWWOWWOW!!! Just great!!
    Congratulations, Stratos!!

  9. I found the whole project very interesting and maybe this can become a trend for fashion designers, chip show, easy to experiment with materials and designs.
    Very nice work congratulations

  10. @Michael - thanks! It means a lot coming from you!

    @ Rosemarie - thank you! Not published internationally but you can probably find it on eBay.

    @Ghost Vader: thank you very much!

    @kip: Thanks! :-)

    @Elias: thank you so much! Actually designers did show on dolls both in the 19th century (and before that fashion travelled round Europe with dolls) and again after WWII in France with the Theatre De La Mode.

  11. Καταπληκτική δουλειά Στράτο! Υπέροχα φορέματα, φυσικές πόζες, ωραίες φωτογραφίες..., τι να πω; Εντυπωσιάστηκα! Δεν μπορούσα να φανταστώ κάτι τέτοιο. Συγχαρητήρια και πάλι.

  12. Great layout. Congrats on your new adventures. I have been experimenting with shooting some fashion layouts with my dolls fashion and would love to hear your thoughts on my work.

  13. i am so inlove with the concept of dolls having to model couture peices such as this....
    check out my blog:

  14. strato se efxaristo poly,episis,mou aresoun poly oi koukles sou kai to exypno sxolio pou kanoun os epilogi ;-)

  15. @Maria - thaaaaaaaaaaaanks! Αυτό με τισ φυσικές πόζες να το πεις σε κάτι Ινδά που τις χαρακτήρισαν άκαμπτες στο ινδικό μπλογκ που τις δημοσίευσε!
    @Ayal-thanks! I will check it out!
    @preppygoesrock: thank you!
    @she's a boy: Μιχάλη ευχαριστώ πολύ! Χαίρομαι που σου άρεσαν!

  16. I like the dolls, especially the taffeta ballgown on the black doll. The clips work really beautifully.

  17. Certainly some of the clothes (and accessories) were from lovely to awsome - especially considering the size they were made in! What craftsmanship! BUT YOU, my friend, did an excellent job overall. The styling on those dolls was so well matched to the outfits and in most cases you really showcased the clothes through posture and hair/make-up. Standing ovation (for both you and designers), esp. #1,4,5,7,10,11. My daughter loved it too! Very inspiring!

  18. Stratos...the editorial looked brill...thnx a ton for the fab results..

  19. @Irina: Thanks so much!

    @Kallol: It was an honour! So glad you are happy with the shoot!

  20. i jus went through that edition of garzia that featured these...ur work is incredible...

  21. excelen work
    thorough mix of beauty and design hows craftsman concept, skill and motivation from all walk of indian culture

  22. Congratulations for your job, I love it!!!