This was the dream. My client, local eyewear company Isson, came to me, gave me complete creative control, and I ran with it. Creating 4 eccentric characters from the school of Bauhaus, I staged a portrait sitting with these fictitious characters and their pets.

I wrote up a bio and life story for each of them, which informed the styling and hair and makeup for each character, and allowed the models to get into each character. Enjoy.
Alberta Albers and her pug ‘Gunther’

Alberta is a jewellery designer at Bauhaus. She is stunningly beautiful, a muse of many of the other Bauhausians. Her image is reinterpreted in the world famous works of some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. She wears a turban at all times. No one has ever seen it off. What lies beneath- no on will ever know. She carries her dog ‘Gunther’ with her, he eats and sleeps with Alberta and her numerous lovers. This woman is the pinnacle of chic- women want to be her, men want to fuck her. Woman go out and buy pugs just to be like her. Alberta eats like a bird, and is constantly talking about giving up food entirely. She listens to jazz while she works. She is a collector of tribal art and a lover of all things African. Raven hair, alabaster skin.

Henrietta Hamberger and her hamsters ‘Principessa ein und zwei’

Henriette is Alberta’s best friend, and rumoured lover. She is everything that Alberta isn’t. Shy, introverted, fair and understated. An architect by trainnanaaannnaing, she lives in a world of order and logic. In her later years she wins the Nobel Prize for literature- she writes groundbreaking works on sexual liberation through design and art. She wears her dead fathers beret when she writes. She is a conundrum. Shy and meek on the outside, her mind is a force of sexual and creative power. She is rarely seen without a cigarette in her hand. She has a raw beauty, a fire burns within. Men fall in love with her from afar. Attracted to her physical fragility (she has the appearance of a rare bird), they fear her mind.

Victor Von Trappenstein and his hairless cat ‘Herr’

Victor is head of the architecture faculty at Bauhaus, and one of the founders of the institution. He will go down in history as the father of modernism. A severe man, people revere and fear him. He is the sort of person you cannot imagine ever being a child. Born a man. Always in control, he runs and swims every morning, even in the bitter winter. Sadly he dies of a heart attack at the age of 54. Married to his work, he never falls in love, though frequently has affairs with his students. There never last.During WWII he exiles to New York, and never returns to Germany. While in New York he builds 3 of the most famous skyscrapers in the world. He is loved by the yanks. Politicians, movie stars, they all want to be his friend. But he is uninterested in the glitz and glamour. This just makes them love VeeVee (as the press calls him) even more. He hates that name.

Tierry Tackelberg and his parrot ‘Heinrich’

Tierry is an industrial designer at Bauhaus. He loves to work with wood, smoothing it down to a modernist perfection. Only ever using natural materials, he turns them into an object of unnatural perfection. Every year he travels to Mongolia to hike the summer alps. He has to travel by boat rather than plane, so he can take is beloved parrot Heinrich along. He has had Heinrich since he was a little boy. Tierry is a true romantic. When he falls in love, he falls hard. With rugged good looks, the ladies love him, but being such an intrepid lover of life, he can’t be pinned down. He leaves a trail of lovers behind him. He always remains in contact with them, writing heart filled letters to them into his old age.

Photography / Cybele Malinowski
Models / Laura @ Chadwicks, Daniel @ TheWolves
Styling / Mikey Ayoubi
Hair / Verity Griffiths
Makeup / Rachel Montgomery
Thanks to Rachel, Raoul, Dorrie and Morten for the loan of your pets!