Tyen is considered one of the world’s foremost creators in the beauty world, having been at the helm of Christian Dior beauty for over three decades. His approach to makeup comes not only as a makeup artist but as a photographer, shooting many iconic images for the house of Dior as well as fashion magazines including both French and American Vogues. His work was celebrated in a retrospective exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo last year in Paris – Tyen’s hometown since moving from Vietnam at age 16.
For Olivier Theyskens’ NºD magazine, Tyen executed three studio images of the 2003 Spring Summer collection from John Galliano’s Christian Dior haute couture. The white-wall shots are characteristic of Tyen’s work, with a crisp focus on the intricate floral details of the voluminous coats and gowns. The elaborate garments wrap and fold around the models in stiff pastel silks, with a strong Eastern influence – captured particularly in the exquisite blossoming silver headpiece (pictured below).
A light tilt of the head suggests the models could be spinning on a pedestal or even dancing in their frothy layers of rich textiles, adding a sense of slow and ceremonial movement to the bright, springtime shots.
(Originally hiding in the back of the printed issue, Olivier Theyskens decided to bring these photos forward as individual moments throughout the online version – scattering them alone through the pages as fresh bursts of contemporary fashion.)
Watch the celebration of 30 Years of Tyen’s work for Dior below.
Fashion: Christian Dior Couture by John Galliano.
Make-up: Kim for Christian Dior
Hair: Wendy @ Agence d’Aurelien
Manicure: Odile Sibuet
Models: Suzanne @ Karin, Natalia @ Crystal
Photographer’s assistants: José Gomez, Jocelyn Ganneron, Jérémy Balliere, Tarik Brixi.
Thanks to: Marc-Thierry Malinge @ Studio Daguerre, Paris
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