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Tim Walker Captures Tshecu Traditional Costumes and Couture Fashion in Beautiful Bhutan for Vogue UK

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Last month Vogue published Tim Walker photography and Karen Elson’s  epic expedition into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The editorial explores the striking Himalayan scenery, astonishing Asian architecture and  the colourful composition of the countries rich cultural costumes.


Titled “The Land of Dreamy Dreams” the shoot explores a folkloric journey into the wilderness of  the beautiful Bhutanese landscape. Couture collections from CélineLoewePrada & Valentino are theatrical styled by Kate Phelan to embrace the drama of the costumes worn in the Cham dances of the monthly Tscheu festivals.

Traditionally part of Tibetan Buddhism (where the Tscheu festivals are now banned), the Bhutanese festivals are large religious social gatherings held on the 10th day of every lunar month. Seen as a form a meditation, Cham dances are performed by Buddhist monks who chant sacred mantras from beneath their costumes.  Different dances tell the tales of local gods, myths and legends and are caricatured through garish, comical and often horrifying costumes and masks.

Tim Walker: Karen Elson wearing Gareth Pugh for Vogue May 2015

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Tim Walker: Karen Elson for Vogue May 2015

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Tim Walker: Karen Elson wearing Simone Rocha for Vogue May 2015

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Tim Walker: Karen Elson wearing Alexander McQueen for Vogue May 2015

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Photography TIM WALKER
Styling KATE PHELAN
Makeup SAMANTHA BRYANT & hair DUFFY
Model KAREN ELSON


Useful references

http://www.timwalkerphotography.com/
http://www.vogue.co.uk/voguevideo/2015/4/21/watch-tim-walker-bhutan-shoot-karen-elson-video-diary

Karen Elson ‘In the Land of Dreamy Dreams’ by Tim Walker for Vogue UK, May 2015


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tshechu
http://www.drukasia.com/bhutan/bhutan-festivals-calendar-2015/
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/tim-walker-karen-elson

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