Saturday, 16 April 2011
Sat April 16th: Rhea Thierstein
The last time I featured set designer Rhea Thierstein was her cosmic colossal wasps that hung in Selfridges windows as part of the Bright Young Things scheme. Prior to this, Rhea worked on another larger than life project that was waiting in the wings of W Magazine to be published. Last year Rhea covered interior walls of Glemham Hall with giant canvases for a Tim Walker shoot featuring Andy Macgregor dressed as a musketeer. Rhea created both the costumes and backgrounds which is a cross discipline approach she applied to fantastic effect when art directing the epic "Price Tag" video for Jessie J. The treatment was inspired by old toys which might account for the teddy and doll you can see here in amongst the collected objects in her work space. Rhea has sent photos of both her studio world where the ideas are conjured up and then prep day snaps from translating those ideas into reality installing the set for "Blow Up". You can click over to W to read captions explaining each of the 18th- and 19th-century portraits of Baroness de Rothschild, Madame de Pompadour, and other nobles chosen for the story. I love the way Andy really looks like Frederick Gustavus Burnaby in this final shot:
".... everyone on the set was looking at me then back at the picture, then back at me!
Its my regency face!!!!.......he hee."
To research Rhea's portfolio including shoots for British Vogue, US Vogue, Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair see her site, agency and behind the scenes on her blog.