Meg Cowell's abandoned dress photography is a surreal, beautiful series that showcases aristocratic styles without their refined wearers. Shown against a bleak, black backdrop, these brightly colored dressed float through space, the folds of their silky fabric billowing around them.
This photo series almost evokes a fairy tale-like quality, especially since several of the dresses are similar to the iconic gowns worn by Disney princesses. For example, the gold 18th-century gown looks quite similar to that worn by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, while an equally extravagant rose-colored dress is almost an exact copy of the one worn by Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. This gives the dresses a sense of magic and nostalgia, creating a photography series that is at once beautiful and melancholy.