After a day spent wandering around the Louvre in Paris, France, studying the idyllic nude bodies of ancient Greek statues, photographer Léo Caillard got to wondering about the nature of clothing. Each of the statues represented the maximization of human perfection—the human body taken to the extreme. But most people don’t have the ideal Greek body and clothing is a way to align the way someone looks and how they want to appear. If the statues put on clothes, what would they become?
“How you dress is who you are,” says Caillard. And to him, these ancient statues are hipsters. Or at least figures embodying the latest trend in fashion. By dressing the statues in plaid shirts and Ray Bans, Caillard is bridging the gap between antiquity and modernity.
“When you dress statues, suddenly no longer are they simply reclining figures from the distant past, they now look to be figures from modern and hip cities of today,” says Caillard. “Because they are made relevant to our current styles, we can see the realism and humanity in each figure.”
To make his hipster statues, Caillard first photographed the statues most suited for dressing. Then he found models who had similar body shapes to the statues and told them to dress as a hipster might. In his studio, he set the models in poses to match the statues and photographed them. Designer Alexis Persani then used Photoshop to blend the two images, and apply the models’ clothes to the statues.