Jean-Pierre Khazem and Misi Park are a photographer and artist duo who create intricate handmade masks, which they photograph on models, to create a body of utterly compelling and ever so slightly surreal images. Which is to say nothing of their side project, a fashion world in miniature, featuring a tiny white chihuahua named Mizi rendered in resin and porcelain at its centre. Khazem and Park stumbled across her by accident while working on their “galaxy of imaginary characters”, named her, and she soon became the star of their show. “She can be brought to life in so many different ways, and has become quickly part of our lives,” the pair enthuse.
Khazem and Park have recently embarked on the ultimate Bonjour Mizi!-themed adventure; the publication of a children’s book all about her travels. The book is by no means only for the enjoyment of children, however. “Children’s books are for kids and for adults equally,” they explain. “We are all children, and if we can please children we can potentially reach out to everyone.”
A scroll through this tiny dog’s Instagram account is cheeky and charming in equal measure; her adventures span red carpet appearances, sailing holidays and tennis matches, not to mention landing on magazine covers (AnOther included). She’s extraordinarily well dressed, too, sporting Balenciaga shoppers and Céline totes, among other covetable objects. “We create clothes for Bonjour Mizi!, sometimes using designer clothes, collage, 3D,” Khazem and Park explain. “The possibilities are endless.” Watch this space.