Photographing the dress collection presented special challenges. Unlike the smaller pieces, dresses are long and bulky and don’t fit easily on a table. I needed a way to take long flat photos without putting too much pressure on the dress’s shoulders.
I experimented with a few different methods before settling on a final arrangement. First, I tried the side of the shelving units, but this was rejected quickly, because there wasn’t enough room and the angle of the hanger was wrong. Then I tried laying out a dress on the floor, but again, the angle was wrong. Next, I found a long dowel and pinned a length of backdrop fabric across the top to create a curtain. I laid the dowel across the aisle created by two shelving units and hung a dress on top of the dowel from a padded hanger.
By: Vasanthi Pendakur