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High-style fashion photography starring models with Down's Syndrome


Over the last three years, Daniel Vais has been engaging with world-renowned fashion and art photographers* to produce extraordinary images of models with Down's Syndrome – highly stylised as objects of desire and beauty.

Now it is time for the next level: to put together a coffee-table book that will blur the boundaries between disciplines and work a new aesthetic against the current conceptions of what constitutes beauty.

By its nature, Radical Beauty will challenge opinion and understanding of beauty as a social construct. This book will be a first of its kind. It will open a window to a new horizon for beauty in contemporary culture.

This book contains brilliant images of the intense, strong and poetic presence of models adorned by a team of super creative fashion and beauty experts. The project also gives fashion photographers the opportunity to lead culture through important changes through their art form. In the same vein, it gives the fashion industry an opportunity to engage with different models.

The aim is for Radical Beauty to become an international reference book for industry members and creatives, as well as a universal source of inspiration.

Society – and particularly the fashion industry –  tends to value a narrow range of 'perfection' as the ideal standard of beauty. People with Down's Syndrome are not widely considered to be desirable, glamorous or perfect. This book will not only challenge this stance, but press people to consider how the work of fashion and art professionals contributes to current beauty standards.

It will also provide a platform for a marginalised community without a high-level of social visibility. Portraying people with Down's Syndrome in this manner will increase awareness of this condition, and stimulate discussion on how society views disability overall.

PLEASE SPREAD THE MESSAGE TO MAKE THIS IMPORTANT BOOK HAPPEN.

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ALON SHAFRANSKY

ANDREW CATLIN

BERTRAND LE PLUARD  

BOY/GIRL

BRIAN GRIFFIN 

CYRIL HELNWEIN

DAN CROSBY

DANIEL KAMINSKY

DARKO MORAITOV

DAVID ELLIS

DAVID NEWBY

DIANA GOMEZ

DOR SHARON

ELIRAN NARGASSI

ELISE DUMONTET

ELIZAVETA PORODINA

EMMANUELLE DESCRAQUES

ERWIN OLAF 

EVELYN BENCICOVA 

GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN

IGA DROBISZ

ILKA & FRANZ

JUSTIN DINGWALL  

KATJA MAYER

LAURENCE PHILOMENE 

LUIS CARLOS AGUYAO

LUKE & MANDY

MANON VILLEMONTEIL

MARA PALENA

MARC LAMEY

MARINKA MASSÉUS

MONIKA BIELSKYTE

NICOL VIZIOLI

PETER HÖNNEMANN

RENAUD CAMBUZAT

ROGER WEISS

ROHN MEIJER

SAM BARKER

SCALLYWAG FOX

SHAI YEHEZKEL

SNEZHANA VON BÜDINGEN

STEPHEN MAYCOCK

THIERRY BAL

THOMAS DODD

THOMAS RUSCH 

TOM MARSHAK

TOMAAS

TONY BRIGGS

ULI WEBER

YUVAL HEN  

ZEYNEP OZKANCA

ZUZIA ZAWADA








Daniel Vais is the Founder of Culture Device and the Creative Director of Culture Device Dance Project and Radical Beauty Project. As well as studying a variety of dance techniques (ballet, contemporary, belly dance and ritual) and choreography he has also trained with Japanese Butoh Masters and with numerous international artists.
As a choreographer he uses movement, images and light to explore the threads of narrative and emotion that run through all our lives. He combines experimental and traditional forms, fusing the beautiful and the bizarre to create a unique, intimate, intense and other-worldly experience.
Other than performances, Daniel creates choreographic events and installations, focusing on social dynamics, manipulation and transformation of spaces. For the past few years, Daniel has been working as the artistic director of a number of festivals (Islington Dance Festival, London Belly Dance Festival and Outsider Arts Festival).


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