Dajana Antic in ‘Belle du Jour’ by Richard Bernardin for Dress to Kill Summer 2013
Posted Jul 27, 2013
Dajana Antic plays a hollow housewife longing for freedom in ‘Belle du Jour’ by Richard Bernardin for Dress to Kill Magazine, Summer 2013. Using the “Stepford” stereotype as inspiration, this artful interpretation takes us back in time for a look beyond the vintage-veneer. From scrubbing floors in sexy attire to provocatively posing against porcelain, Bernardin dares to explore this ever-enduring male fantasy, by shining a light on the absurdity of expectation associated with this kind of forced female bondage. Beauty on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Drowning in her own desperation, our hero housewife escapes the confines of suburbia in search of salvation under the spotlight of possibility. Shattering the illusion, this editorial captures the subtle shades of suffering that simmer just below the surface when passion goes unanswered and dreams are left to die. When emptiness chips away at the soul until there’s nothing left but a shell of what once was, we are reminded that there is no escape from ourselves. Presenting a perfect picture of the 60’s housewife, (makeup/hair artist) Sabrina Rinaldi echos the “tragic beauty” of the Valley of the Dolls era glamour, while (stylist) Randy Smith selects a stunning mix of modern looks that range from dramatic & flowing to retro-fitted and fabulous.