The biggest thing I love about this shoot is that a female model plays both Priscilla and Elvis. I have a big thing for same-sex shoots, particularly where one role is masculine. It appeals to my interest in gender, sex, and sexuality (favourite degree module, back in the day!) and how all these can and do blur.
The fashion is also undeniably forward-looking, despite being inspired by the 1960s rock and roll era, what with its jumpsuits, decorated leather, and show stopping veils. This is how you do retro and inject it with tomorrow.
The Story of the Shoot
Erica from Mr & Mrs Unique
“Earlier this year, I styled an editorial shoot alongside Alex from The Bijou Bride for Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride magazine.
“Kat, who runs Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride, and photographer Lisa Devlin wanted to create a Priscilla Presley, 1960s vibe bridal shoot at Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton. As the idea for the shoot developed, we decided that you couldn’t have a Priscilla without celebrating her partner Elvis: the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll!”
Alex from The Bijou Bride
“Approaching the fashion styling for this shoot, I wanted to put myself in a modern day Priscilla’s shoes, rather than focus on replication. There are Sixties influences throughout, but with a contemporary twist. The stunning scalloped lace detailing on the Katya Katya Shehurina illusion dress and the bow details on those incredible Charlotte Mills bags and shoes are undoubtedly retro in feel.
“It was such a blast to then take a masculine approach with our beautiful model. The king of Rock & Roll has had such a mighty influence on both men’s and women’s fashion. And of course there just had to be a tassel element. This Otaduy ‘I Do’ embellished leather fringe bridal jacket is all kinds of amazing. It was important to maintain a subtle sass throughout the Elvis aspect, so you’ll note touches of lace, elegant heeled sandals and delicate jewels.
“We really wanted to work on bridal looks that were achievable for all different types of budget, so alongside the designer samples we also called in bridal pieces from high street brands such as ASOS. We couldn’t believe the quality and style of some of these dresses; they were beautifully cut and embellished with details. We paired an amazing sequinned ASOS dress with a bespoke Sixties inspired short veil with huge top bow from McFayden Millinery: Priscilla in perfection!”
The Shoot in Full
Creative Direction | Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride
Photography | Devlin Photos
Hair | Lovehair & Co
Make-up & nails | Tabby Casto using NARS and MoYou cosmetics
Veils | McFayden Millinery
Jewellery | The Folly Boutique
Location | Hotel Pelirocco
Model | Tarla from Lenis Models