The Illusionist photo spread clearly has a magical theme, although more in a Harry Houdini way than that of Harry Potter. Themes create strong connections between one image and the next in editorials, creating a more cohesive experience for the viewer. In this case, Dutch model Saskia De Brauw takes on the role of a magician's assistant, reeling viewers in with both her tricks and elegance.
Shot by the famed photographer Mario Testino, The Illusionist photo spread is also set up to out De Brauw in the spotlight, surrendering her to the onlookers' gazes. With her hands bound, she almost seems like a gift prettily wrapped up, creating a vulnerable look that gives another dimension to the glamorous outfits.
The Illusionist spread is to be featured in the latest issue of British Vogue.