Behind The Scenes: ALIVE's March Fashion Feature

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Translating a historically inspired story onto the pages of a modern day publication is no easy feat, but for the team of a few local creatives, the transition was seamlessly captured onto the pages of ALIVE’s March issue.

Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein in their Paris salon, 1920s.

Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein in their Paris salon, 1920s.

Photographer Attilio D’Agostino, Guest Creative Director (and Marketing Director of Saks Fifth Avenue) Tania Beasley-Jolly, Stylist Sarah Stallmann, makeup artist Sharday Johnson and hair stylist Valerie Brown have turned the classic tale of Alice B. Toklas into a fashionable rendezvous with the past. Alice, the long time partner of author and artistic figure Gertrude Stein, was a passionate eccentric lover of art, culture and life. To capture her story, the team set their location at the immaculate home of Mary Strauss, local fashion-lover, philanthropist and art collector in her own right. Her historical home set the perfect backdrop for our new-age Alice, giving life to a truly unique fashion feature.

Photo by Kat Reynolds

Photo by Kat Reynolds

Mary Strauss’ beautiful salon was the perfect backdrop for our modern day Alice. Although more extravagant, there is no denying its obvious resemblance to the salon of Gertrude Stein.

Photo by Sarah Stallmann

Quirky and fashionable shoe selects included Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Sophia Webster, and Prada. Photo by Sarah Stallmann

Photo by Kat Reynolds

Hair wizz (and makeup assistant) Valerie Brown created a perfect coif for model, Kayla Travers.  Photo by Kat Reynolds

Photo by Kat Reynolds

Photo by Kat Reynolds

Mary’s bar-room was a favorite of the crew and featured a large Josephine Baker image (one of many—Mary is an avid collector), vintage stemware and decanters and gilded wallpaper.

Photo by Kat Reynolds

Sarah Stallmann perfects the details on Kayla’s vintage gown from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Photo by Kat Reynolds

Photo by Sarah Stallmann

Photo by Sarah Stallmann

Attilio capturing the moment, Photo by Kat Reynolds

Attilio capturing the moment, Photo by Kat Reynolds

Photo by Kat Reynolds

The grand staircase. Photo by Kat Reynolds

Sarah Stallmann, Kayla Travers and Tania Beasley Jolly. Photo by Kat Reynolds

Sarah Stallmann, Kayla Travers and Tania Beasley Jolly. Photo by Kat Reynolds

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