French photographer Charles-Henry Bedue always felt intimidated by high fashion's aristocracy. To alleviate his discomfort, Bedue turned to photography, transforming fashion's elite into beautiful, but abstract, entities. Snatches of fabric and slivers of skin replace whole figures, offering nothing more than a glimpse of a person or scene. It quickly turned into the project 'L’Habit fait Le Moine.'
Upon returning to Paris from Beijing, Bedue began incorporating faces into the shots, although he continues to avoid photographing direct eye contact. The purpose of this is to weave a visual narrative that ignores individual style and identity, instead placing the emphasis on the ambiance of the fashion world in its totality.
Despite its limited access, the high saturation of glamour is still evident in each photograph.
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