Sitting between the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in 2014 and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, 2015 saw Nick Knight reimagines The Tempest with the help of Daphne Guinness and Simon Foxton. While the play has only one female character, Miranda, Knight cast Guinness as the male protagonist Prospero; a nod to her majesty and regality. RIDDLES transform into the storm itself, while models such as IMMA/MESS and Alex Farnworth also embody the spirit and style of Shakespeare’s characters.
The shoot was born from Knight's interest in theatricality and Shakespearian style, a passion first explored in an image of four youths for AnOther Man in 2013. The interplay between loftiness and wit, comedy and tragedy, which underpins dress styles of that period, proved a particular inspiration, and led Knight to ponder more of Shakespeare's tales and fantasies. The fashion featured in this editorial, which appears in print in W magazine's October 2015 issue, includes pieces by Givenchy, Giles, Valentino, Sorcha O'Raghallaigh, Moschino, Vivienne Westwood, Gareth Pugh, alongside pieces from Guinness' own extensive wardrobe; elaborate, narrative-filled garments that are 'such as dreams are made of.'