Boodles | Pas de Deux
My first encounter with ballet was in kindergarten when my parents took me to see Swan Lake. As Odette stunningly fluttered her wings to Tchaikovsky’s timeless scores, I was mesmerised by the art form and was instantly hooked. From that day onwards, I lived and breathed ballet for over 10 years. I danced ballet every day after school and I still remember how I could not wait to put on my pointe shoes and start my bar exercises. As I neared my final years of high school, I had to put my beloved pointe shoes down in order to concentrate on my studies, but ballet has, and will always have, a special place in my heart.
My memories of dancing ballet all came rushing back when the opportunity arose to collaborate with Boodles on their new Pas de Deux collection. Created by Boodles’ Head of Design Rebecca Hawkins, the exquisite collection in partnership with The Royal Ballet, translates the very essence of dance through the exploration of the physicalities of ballet. Each piece illustrates the balletic movement in an abstract, yet pure form and the incorporation of angular platinum settings, kite shaped diamonds and pairs of Ashoka diamonds symbolically depict the famous dance duet, or “pas de deux”.
The central theme of “pas de deux” or partnership of two, can be seen throughout the Pas de Deux collection. As a true duet between Boodles and The Royal Ballet and with Boodles having unprecedented access to rehearsals and costume making departments of The Royal Ballet, the collection powerfully conveys the essence of the dance form.
The Pas de Deux collection has over 30 individual pieces of fine jewellery ranging from wearable studs to statement collars and cuffs which all compliment each other and are strong enough individually to be worn alone. In order to do this incredible collection justice, I have shot with the Pas de Deux in three different looks to convey the versatility of the collection pieces. Two of the looks are being showcased today with the third look to follow very soon.
Behind the Scenes
Excitement ran high as I prepared for the Pas de Deux shoot with Boodles. With such a versatile range of pieces in the collection, I thought it was important that I featured the fine jewellery in different looks.
The looks I chose were:
- city sophistication (a casual and understated every day look to showcase the Ashoka studs, pendants and rings);
- evening showstopper (an elegant look for a gala or a ball featuring the stunning pink morganite and white diamond necklace); and
- monochrome masculinity (a two piece suit look for any event featuring the dramatic kite-shaped diamond cuffs and rings).
The Pas de Deux collection has been touring the country and we had just a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to shoot with the diamonds. Meeting the ladies at Boodles’ Savoy boutique was such a joy and as these were all one of a kind fine jewellery pieces, I was assigned a very charming security guard who made the shoot even more memorable. Alice and I were slightly nervous about shooting within The Savoy, but the staff at The Savoy also made us feel at home and welcomed us to use their beautiful rooms as we liked.
I am so pleased with the results of the shoot and very honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Boodles on this very special collection. I hope you enjoy my story and these images as much as I enjoyed working with Boodles.
To be continued to Part II of the story…
All jewellery from the Pas de Deux collection by Boodles.
Look 2 | Temperley London Rosemary Wrap Effect Silk Gown similar gowns available at The Outnet.
Photographed at The Savoy.
Photography | Form 42. Photo editing | Mariko Kuo. Art direction + layout | Mariko Kuo.