Brave new frills, strange new folds, and hard edges. Photography by Eloise Parry, styling by Nobuko Tannawa

Eloise Parry

Sue wears a collar by Araz Fazaeli, a plastic shirt by Loewe, a bra by Redemption Choppers, a belt and trousers by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back and shoes by Acne Studios with her own socks. Martin Jay thinks the optics of the baroque offer a “dazzling, disorientating, ecstatic surplus of images”.

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Left, Zinnia wears 
a dress by Simone Rocha over a jacket by Joseph and a shirt with lace by Miu Miu over a high-collared shirt by A.W.A.K.E. For Martin Jay the baroque entails a “rejection of the monocular geometricalisation of the Cartesian tradition”. Right, Sue wears a collar and dress by Junya Watanabe

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Left, Zinnia wears a jacket by Calvin Klein Collection, a vest by Proenza Schouler, a shirt by Versace and trousers by MaxMara. Right, Sue wears a jacket, dress and shirt by Hood by Air and boots by Kenzo. Jay argues that the baroque is closer to the sublime than beauty is because it yearns “for a presence that can never be fulfilled”. 

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Left, Zinnia wears a vest and shirt by Louis Vuitton with a bracelet by Bulgari. Left, Sue wears a jacket by J.W. Anderson, denim shorts by Yohji Yamamoto with trousers underneath by Joseph and a necklace by Pomellato. Jay sought not to demonise the Cartesian optic experience but to demonstrate the plural regimes available to us.

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Opposite, Sue wears a jacket by Caitlin Price, a dress by Richard Malone and a rubber dress worn tied around the waist by Gareth Pugh. “Indeed, desire, in its erotic as well as metaphysical forms, courses through the baroque scopic regime.” Right, Zinnia wears a trench coat by Sacai and a dress worn on top by Vivienne Westwood. 

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Sue wears carpet armour by Dilara Findikoglu with an earring by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back. We can see through the loops of Sue’s earring, whereas baroque shows a “fascination for opacity, unreadability and the undecipherability of the reality it depicts”.

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Left, Zinnia wears a jacket and long shirt by
Vivienne Westwood, a vintage shirt from Rokit, trousers by BACK by Ann-Sofie Back and shoes by Acne Studios. Right, Sue wears a shirt by Fendi, plastic trousers by Loewe, jeans by Y/PROJECT and latex bags on her arms by HYDRA. For Jay, the baroque mode counters the chaos of postmodernism.

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Sue wears a jacket by Vivienne Westwood, a silver coat by Akris, trousers by J.W. Anderson, boots by Loewe and a collar (stylist’s own). “We won’t entirely lose the sense of unease that has so long haunted the visual culture of the West, but... we may learn to wean ourselves from the fiction of a ‘true’ vision and revel instead in the possibilities opened up by the scopic regimes we have already invented and the ones, now so hard to envision, that are doubtless to come.” All quotes are taken from Martin Jay’s essay “Scopic Regimes of Modernity” (1988).

Set design: Danny Hyland / Hair: Hiroshi Matsushita using Oribe Hair Care / Make-up: Molly Portsmouth using Nars Cosmetics / Photography assistant: Phoebe Salmon / Styling assistant: Lulu Cooper / Set design assistant: Harry Stayt / Models: Sue and Zinnia at IMG Models