I was asked to photograph the model, designer and heiress, Jasmine Guinness and was told by the magazine they wanted a “french empire look”. I loved the idea but couldn’t find the right location until the fashion stylist found this new antique shop at the lower end of the Kings Road (in London).
Fortunately for us the shop sparkled with beautiful french empire pieces. The owner was a really nice lady and let us use whatever we wanted in the pictures. From the outside it looked really cute and small, once inside the back opened up into a huge space filled with the most, amazing antique empire pieces, like the gilt and adorned pillar above and the chaise longue below.
This all fitted like a glove with the look of the set, the clothes and the aura of Jasmine who looked every inch The Empress Josephine of the Kings Road.
- Clive Arrowsmith is still shooting stunning images, staging exhibitions and is as passionate about photography as he was when he first pressed the shutter at The Paris Collections. He is available for global media opportunities related to his work and photography generally. Bespoke prints from Clive’s archive are also available by special request, for any enquiries (email Eugenie here). Clive’s book Arrowsmith: Fashion, Beauty & Portraits is available here and Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 is available here