Photographer: Luke Woodford
Abandoned Fashion started in late 2011, before I knew it was even going to become The Abandoned Fashion Series. In 2008 when I started photography, abandoned buildings were one of the main things I photographed as I had a pretty famous one five minutes away from me- Hellingly Mental Asylum. Fast forward to November 2011 and I had my favorite fashion shoot I had done to date which happened to be in an abandoned school, this is the shoot that ended up being exhibited in Milan through Vogue Italia. My next couple of shoots wasn’t in abandoned buildings, they were cool shoots but I had made the decision that I wanted to create a series, I wanted to do something that people could really follow and get into, something that would have meaning, an epic project that would have a journey of its own. For me it was really simple and it naturally made sense that it should be the Abandoned Fashion Series. I love abandoned buildings and my favorite shoot I had done was in one so it just felt right! So it was born…. fast forward two and a bit years, over 10 abandoned fashion shoots have been done, across the UK and Europe, from hilltop fairytale chateaus in Belgium, to derelict courthouses in Liverpool, The series has so far been published in international magazines and featured in exhibitions. I have been blessed to work with some amazing people in the industry so far and I look forward to working with lots more over the years. When we do the shoots abroad they are genuinely some of the best times of my life. People always ask me when the series will be finished, and I have no idea. That’s the beauty of it. As time goes on I believe the series will last forever, in the last year though it’s started to evolve. The original idea was that I would only shoot in abandoned buildings but some concepts I have simply don’t involve them. However I still want these shoots to be aligned with my series. Since it’s my baby and I like one place to view my fashion work, one body of art. I don’t care if the name has the word ‘abandoned’ in it. I make up the rules for my work and I feel it’s the perfect name to describe my work. I will always shoot in derelict places but it’s also nice to be free to do other things every now and then. I look forward to sharing with you my new concepts as I do them, I will continue to try and impress and push the boundaries of fashion and art!