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Controlled Abandonment: A Film by Inez and Vinoodh

In this short film for Vogue Arabia by influential fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and starring Taylor Hill and Yasmin Wijnaldum, the duo interprets “a richly cultured world in which controlled abandonment is the epitome of chic.” This notion is brought to life with Hill and Wijnaldum—choreographed by American dancer Stephen Galloway—writhing in front of a backdrop of red satin couches and slithering underwater sea creatures. The film reverberates dark glamor, while a galloping suspense builds in anticipation of what is to come. Here, the Vogue Arabia woman embraces her heightened metamorphosis; she is on the move.

“We hope that Vogue Arabia will lead the way to self-expression, inspiration, and glorification of the fantastic women of the Arab world,” state Inez and Vinoodh. The photographers are perhaps fashion’s most influential image-makers today; the duo has been creating edgy images for almost three decades.


Models Taylor Hill, Yasmin Wijnaldum

Directors Inez and Vinoodh

Stylist George Cortina

Creative Movement Director Stephen Galloway

Lighting Director Joyous Driessen

Editor Daniel Doran

Hair James Pecis

Make Up Dick Page

Nails Deborah Lippmann

Set Design Marla Weinhoff

Production VLM Productions

Music Biosphere and Om Kolthoum

Mixing Elijah Amitin

Post Production StereoHorse

Casting Christian Meshesha and Steven Williams for XProduction

Fashion Assistants Sophia Hesketh, Katherine Kalbacher, and Alex Paul.


Look 1 Yasmin wears draped mini-dress in purple jersey. Cosmetic pantashoes in coffee spandex. Both Balenciaga. Red Sewn Starbright Straw, Gigi Burris Millinery.Vintage diamante and black beaded earrings, circa 1960’s. Unsigned vintage diamante brooch circa 1960s. Both Stazia Loren.
Look 2 Taylor wears flounce one sleeve blue silk dress, Gucci. Clear and pink diamante circa 1980’s, Vintage YSL at Stazia Loren. Brass bracelet ornamented with two wing tips, Quidam de Revel Paris.
Look 3 Yasmin wears embroidered blouse, Dries Van Noten. Gold embroidered stretch cady leggings, Louis Vuitton. Dyed silver fox stole, Pologeorgis. Vintage unsigned gold tone with bronze diamante fringe dangle earrings circa 1980’s, Stazia Loren.
Look 4 Taylor wears thistle velvet jacquard and jet embroidered wool silk jacket, Alexander McQueen. Black lace corset, Cadolle. Trousers, YSL Vintage. Belt, Saint Laurent. Woven White Japanese Straw, Gigi Burris Millinery. Vintage unsigned dangle earrings circa 1980’s, Stazia Loren. Bracelet, Lisa Eisner.
Look 5 Yasmin wears Metallic silk long sleeve plissé orange top. Metallic silk plissé black trousers. Both Haider Ackermann. One of a kind necklace, Larry Vrba at Kenshire. Tassel necklace, Vintage Yves Saint Laurent at Basha Gold. Earrings, Saint Laurent.
Look 6 Yasmin wears gold lurex dress with draped sleeves, Saint Laurent.

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