Left: Choker by Slim Barrett. Right: Trousers stylist's own, Top by Weekday, Shoes and Corset by Finery, Hat from Cenci Vintage and Gloves by Rokit.

Left: Tights stylist's own, Skirt by Maticevski, Top by La Mania and Shoes by Finery. Right: Dress by Kenzo.

Right: Suit by Tiger of Sweden, Boots stylist's own and Hat by Sophie Cull-Candy.

Left: Top by Cacharel and Gloves from Modes and More. Right: Trousers and Top stylist's own and Earring by Slim Barrett.


Dress by La Mania, Top by Haizhen Wang, Belt by Rejina Pyo and Earrings by Slim Barrett.


Awkward Monochromes is a visual exploration of the impact difficult outfits have on the body: bending it, reducing its mobility, even altering its materiality. Paola Vivas and Raul Castilla work with the inherent complications defining the relationship of the human body with clothing, highlighting the tension between unease and pleasure, inconvenience and joy, the strangeness of the garment and the naturalness of the skin.

Shot in soft tones against an unsophisticated environment, the series follows the shaping of the female body through design and styling, investigating the middle ground between bodily fragmentation and wholeness.


Photographer - Paola Vivas

Stylist - Raul Castilla

Guest Layout Editor - Luca Barbieri

Hair Stylist - Natalie Shafii

Make-Up Artist - Ziima Yosuke

Talent - Charlotte Bark at Milk Model Management

Photographer's Assistant - Bleu Georgiou

Stylist's Assistant - Maude van Dievoet