Wednesday, March 7, 2012


In 2008, Mariano Vivanco was commissioned by Swarovski to shoot a short film for Dazed & Confused inspired by the Three Graces, beautiful goddesses of Greek mythology that were said to inspire the creative arts. The romance, passion, and beauty of ancient Greek mythology has always been a point of great inspiration for me, especially after studying abroad in college in Athens and on the little Greek isle of Hydra. 

"Les Trois Grâces" c. 2nd century AD Rome, residing at Musée du Louvre

The Three Graces are "the three goddesses of joy, charm, and beauty. The daughters of the god Zeus and the nymph Eurynome, they were named Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer). The Graces presided over banquets, dances, and all other pleasurable social events, and brought joy and goodwill to both gods and mortals. They were the special attendants of the divinities of love, Aphrodite and Eros, and together with companions, the Muses, they sang to the gods on Mount Olympus, and danced to beautiful music that the god Apollo made upon his lyre. In some legends Aglaia was wed to Hephaestus, the craftsman among the gods. Their marriage explains the traditional association of the Graces with the arts; like the Muses, they were believed to endow artists and poets with the ability to create beautiful works of art." (source)

Nicola Formichetti styled Anouck Lepere, Lyoka Tyagnereva & Katrin Thormann as the Three Graces, who are captured behind the scenes in the images below.

Anouck Lepere, Lyoka Tyagnereva & Katrin Thormann shot by Mariano Vivanco and styled by Nicola Formichetti for Dazed & Confused 2008 via FGR

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