SALEM GALS

Set in a post-socialist flat in Budapest, photographer Wanda Martin and London College of Fashion’s womenswear graduate Fabian Kis-Juhasz came together to shoot his collection and explore the concept of vulnerable women in horror films. To create a spooky, modern-day Salem witches vibe, he uses layered looks of mesh and tulle resembling sheer batiste fabrics from the romantic era. The modern touch is created by pieces made from a substantial yet elastic material, developed by Kis-Juhasz by combining leather and power-mesh.

The collection aims to look at, and question the victimisation of women in the horror genre. These victimised roles are often heavily influenced by the understanding of femme gender identities – perceived in and by a male-dominated industry. In most films, women will either die as collateral damage on the male hero’s tough journey to survival; or they will be saved by the male hero. In this day and age, is it right to continue portraying women as the weak, vulnerable and helpless?

photographs
WANDA MARTIN
art direction 
WANDA MARTIN & FABIAN KIS-JUHASZ 
 all clothing
FABIAN KIS-JUHASZ (LCF GRADUTATE COLLECTION)
models
ANGEL | AVANTAGE 
ESZTER | DIARY MANAGEMENT
DAPHNE | FASHION MODEL MANAGEMENT
hair & make up
DORI LAZAR
assistant
PANNA DONKA