"There's no photographer who creates such surreal fashion photos" 

( - Alice Yoo, Founder of My Modern Met)

Mixing art and fashion photography, British artist Miss Aniela (Natalie Lennard) creates a fine balance of contemporary creativity. Her work centres on a fusion of traditional imagery and digitally enhanced motifs, interweaving in a surreal composition.

In Surreal Fashion, Natalie depicts contemporary models with a reference to Renaissance and Dutch masters, shooting in stately home settings across Europe and US. Larger-than-life characters preside over a dreamlike tableaux of chandeliers, taxidermy and four-poster beds; motifs for another, utopic world of the past that we long to inhabit.

Natalie's work has been exhibited by the Saatchi Gallery, House of Parliament, Waldermarsudde Museum Stockholm and Vogue Italia in Milan; and in numerous media including BBC, Plastik Magazine, Yahoo, The Metro and NY Arts.

Fashion meets fine art, and beauty meets absurdity in Natalie Lennard's 'Surreal Fashion'. Dreamy characters bask in opulent worlds from the sublime to the bizarre. Zoo animals peer from French chateaus, a yellow tulle dress explodes into the canaries of Jean Baptiste Greuze, and painted ships of an English stately home dance upon the waves of a model's cascading skirts. 

Many of the images notably feature elements from classical paintings including Adriaen van Utrecht, Melchior d'Hondecoeter and Otto Marseus van Schrieck; creatively and strategically combining modern with old, and birthing a new creation from paintstroke to pixel. 

Natalie has been working on the collection for over 6 years, shooting extensively on location worldwide. The result is a visual feast crossing centuries of art history.

"The works of the British artist Natalie Aniela Lennard (b. 1986) offer a contemporary commentary on salon painting. All of her works in this exhibition come from her photography series Surreal Fashion, which she started working on in 2011. Natalie's art photography is based on staged settings, mainly in castles, that are subsequently digitally processed. Her detailed compositions, with their mixture of styles and evocative lighting, come close to the form of artistic expression found in salon paintings, while a salon painter like Julius Kronberg used an illusionistic technique that resembled photography.

"Her works 'Migration Season' and 'Girl of Prey' can be perceived as dream-like visual worlds with allusions to both couture photography and older artworks. Viewed in this context, they arouse associations to 18th-century palatial settings and Rococo Revival, with the winged gods and goddesses of the classical world as well as creatures like centaurs, half man and half beast."

- Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde museum, Stockholm 

Images from exhibition 'Salonsmalerie' and book picturing Surreal  Fashion alongside salon works  at  Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde museum Sweden  (17th Sep 2016 - 19 Jan 2017)

Here are some examples of where classical works are re-envisioned  in Surreal Fashion. In particular the sources are Dutch still life masters and landscape painters; plus animals, birds, seas and boats make a playful interaction between the new and the old. Other images use modern stock images such as photos of fire, landscapes and museum items. 

Still Life with a Dead Rabbit and Falcon by Dirck de Bray, 1678. Appears in 'Trussed Trophies'.

Girl with Canary and Open Cage by Jean Baptiste-Greuze, 18th century. Used in 'Away with the Canaries' - the same canary is duplicated over 200 times!

A Pelican and other birds by a pool, circa 1660-95 by Melchior D'Hondecoeter. The pelican is used in 'Melchior's Medley'.

Surreal Fashion was invited to be part of Continental Shift exhibition, Saatchi Art’s first expose at the Saatchi Gallery in 2014.

Press & Video page.