‘The Fatale’ recontextualizes 1980s cinema and the archetypal portrayal of the femme fatale. Historically told within a heteronormative narrative driven by a dangerous woman seducing the hero to his downfall, this common film stereotype portrays the femme’s use of unapologetic sexuality as the traits of an unstable character without depth.
However, this film icon can be rewritten as a multifaceted character, one that can exist outside stereotypical cinema structures reinforced by the gender binary. An individual that is in control of their own sexual empowerment with the pursuit of their own ends. ‘The Fatale’ presents faux film stills of characters displaying their sexuality as blunt force tools of power and pleasure within a more inclusive narrative.
Photographer: Lanee Bird @lovvr
Stylist: Joe Van Overbeek @friendshipschild
Stylist Assistant: Justin Viera @skye_from_texas
Makeup Artist: Cassandra Raimundi @c44beauty
Hair Artist: Nevada Raffaele @nevadastyles
Lighting Design: Daryl Oh @daryloh_
Set Assistance: Saskia de Borchgrave @saskiadbn
Model: Natalie Deely @d33ly_
Model: Gabriella Alexis @gabriellalexis_
Look 05: On Natalie; Ruffled Satin Dress – Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Look 07: On Natalie; Pinstripe Double Button Down – Maison the Faux, D Ring leather skirt – Helena Eisenhart, Leather Shoes – Hardeman, On Gabriella; Checkerboard Leather Jacket – Maison the Faux, Patent Leather pants – Helena Eisenhart, Checkerboard Leather Gloves- LaCrasia gloves