This project entailed art directing, photographing, and designing a three spread couture fashion magazine. I was given the responsibility of outfit creation, model casting, sets assembly, and layout design. The magazine was to be inspired by any narrative of choice—so I decided on Netflix’s Sex Education—a poppy, raunchy, teen comedy. Specifically, I chose to follow the love story of the show’s leads, Maeve and Otis. It was important for my models to capture the essence of these characters as much as possible, from physical looks to personality.


In the show, Maeve’s character is extremely edgy, but misunderstood. While she’s a loner who raised herself, Maeve is extremely intelligent and always achieves the highest grades in the class. She expresses herself through a dark fashion sense, so when choosing her look, I opted for large, extravagant pieces. Maeve's final outfit consisted of a black tulle skirt and matching neck ruffle, topped off with an outlandish pink leopard print jacket. These pieces spoke to both Maeve’s hard side and her soft side, as it combined feminine fabrics with bold colors and prints.


In contrast, Otis’s character is lively, colorful, and soft. Though he struggles controlling his anger, Otis always means well, and just wants everyone around him to be happy. To bring Otis to life, I decided to create an androgenous look, conveying both his femininity and his masculinity. To achieve this balance, I paired a bright, tulle skirt with a structured blazer. Then, I added quirk by accessorizing the final look with a crossbody purse, chunky jewelry, and platform creepers.


After finalizing the wardrobe, I shifted my attention to the set. And thanks to my parents, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a school desk. Four cans of pink spray paint and a touch of vandalism later, and the nostalgic torture device was transformed into a high-fashion prop. The newly renovated desk was my only prop because the core focus of the magazine needed to be the clothing. However, I did end up gravitating towards a punchy backdrop.


When my 10 foot by 10 foot neon curtains finally arrived in the mail a week late, it was game on. Using curtains as a backdrop allowed me to create a more dynamic background, but the draped texture still wasn’t enough. So I decided to create the illusion of floating homework assignments. Through trial and error, I discovered a spool of fishing line and a stack of notebook paper were just what I needed to get the job done.


The additional elements of my set design heavily influenced my magazine’s layout. Specifically, the notebook paper inspired me to treat my magazine like a student’s journal. From desperate love notes to silly doodles, I aimed to tell the highschool love story of Maeve and Otis. I wanted each spread to feel like a note passed across a classroom—imagining sweaty hands crumpling the secret message with haste and discretion. In achieving this, I gathered up all my old notebooks and started tearing out sheets, photographing them, crumpling them up, and photographing some more. My sketch book was filled with handwritten notes and mediocre doodles, as I was determined to emulate the art style of a bored highschooler.


And after about two weeks of layout design and photo editing, my magazine finally came together. In the end, I was able to leave this project with a greater appreciation of the work that goes into a seemingly simple photoshoot, in addition to a college experience that I’ll never forget.