talent projects · diversity now!
name and surname: Lenita Visan, Marina Pamies and Tess Pisani
course: Fashion Styling · three year course · undergraduate programme
school: London Fashion School
For the fourth consecutive year, i-D Magazine and the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk group teamed up for Diversity NOW!, an exciting contest inviting students across the UK to explore new approaches to the concept of beauty in contemporary fashion, including body shape, size, age, ethnicity, ability and gender; in the categories of photography and styling, graphic design, illustration, garment design and journalism.
Lenita Visan, Marina Pamies, and Tess Pisani, three students of the BA Fashion Styling at Istituto Marangoni The London School of Fashion, participated in the competition with their unique, strikingly modern and incisive projects, all of which concurred in the Photography and Styling category. Two of them, ‘Bedroom Stereotypes’ by Lenita Visan, and ‘Comfort Zones’ by Marina Pamies, were shortlisted finalists, submitted to public vote as well as to a judging panel including the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk co-founders: fashion strategist Debra Bourne, former i-D fashion editor Caryn Franklin, and supermodel Erin O’Connor.
Marina Pamies won the Co-founder’s Choice Runner Up award with her ‘Comfort Zones’, a brilliant set of images shot by photographer Olesya Asanova, presenting a wide range of ages, races, genders, and body shapes. Her work is a reflection on how deeply we are affected by our differences, and how greatly they make our comfort zone vary.
Lenita Visan, art director and stylist of ‘Bedroom Stereotypes’, started from the assumption that love is the key to mix all diversities together, regardless of race, age or religion, to realise a vibrant and colourful story inspired by David LaChapelle’s humour and aesthetics.
In her editorial ‘In A Ballroom You Can Be Anything You Want’, Tess Pisani explored the culture of Voguing. Her point of view was the subject of an interesting interview published by All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, in which she explained her inspiration and her predilection for styling as her own tool of self-expression.