Der düstere Tag

Inspired by Bruegel, photographer Vasily Agrenenko and stylist Pierre-Alexandre Fillaire teamed up to shoot a story incorporating the painter’s peasant-themed artistic chaos. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was also known as ‘Peasant Bruegel’ as he liked to dress like a peasant while mingling amongst them, in order to gain a closer insight to his subjects and capture a more detailed authenticity. To honour his vision and efforts of achieving authenticity while simultaneously bringing the story into the modern era, original 18th century peasant coats made out of hemp were paired with contemporary fashion, including pieces by Alexander McQueen, Jivomir Domoustchiev, and Rui Xu. Playing on Bruegel’s visual insanity, the models attain a similar attitude: enjoying a carefree peasant existence in the style of no money, no problems – even if led into madness.

(Left) Archive knitwear pieces – Alexander McQueen
Legs in leather – Predrag

 

Handmade knitwear piece – Predrag
Undershirt – Jaeha
Trousers – Marta Jakubowski

 

Vintage plastic apron – Boots
Shirt – Rui Xu
Antique trousers, stylist’s own

 

(Left) Knitwear piece with hand stitched leather patches – Predrag
(Right) Handmade shoe – Marco Baitella

 

(Left) Antique shirt, stylist’s own
Floral skirt – Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
XVIIIth century hemp peasant’s coat, stylist’s own
Antique trousers, stylist’s own
Bracelet – Murky

 

(Left) Scarf – Acne Studio
Gingham wool trousers – Robe de Chambre Comme des Garçons
Plastic piece with metal – Jivomir Domoustchiev
Silk trousers – Rui Xu
Handmade stiff bag, Stylist’s studio
(Right) Turtle neck – Marta Jakubowski
Bracelet – Murky
Handmade vintage bag

 

(Left) Antique trousers, stylist’s own
(Right) Long knitted collar – Marta Jakubowski
Top and trousers – Rui Xu

 

photographs
VASILY AGRENENKO
styling & creative direction
PIERRE-ALEXANDRE FILLAIRE
hair
WAKA ADACHI
make up
EKATERINA NOVINSKAYA
models
NINA DOZY | MILK MANAGEMENT 
VIOLET GOULD | THE HIVE MANAGEMENT