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Esther HAASE staged the fashion editorial ‘West Side Story’ for MADAME FIGARO. The energetic urban styling by Agnes Poulle was inspired by the iconic musical and its 50s fashion.
The background is the remake of the musical film by director and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg. The focus of the film, which opened in theaters throughout Europe and the US in December, is on diversity and cultural authenticity. Spielberg’s version of ‘West Side Story’ is based on the Broadway musical from 1957 which was first filmed in 1961. The reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Julia won two Tony Awards and ten Oscars at the time.
The musical is, of course, also the perfect topic for Esther. “My life is dancing around the world with my camera,” the photographer tells us and shares dream sequences, cinematic productions in elaborate sceneries and seemingly random snapshots with us in her work. Before her career as a photographer, she studied dance at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cologne and worked as...