Photography: Sara Kerens Creative and Art Direction: Lacy Lynch Styling:
Makeup: Annie Rush at Eva Scrivo Salon Sash Designer: Izquierdo Studios
Right after the new year Kiel and I drove to New York to partake in a promotional Meet the Hapsburgs photo shoot for The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. It was an opportunity that we couldn't resist! I enjoyed the unique experience of dressing up like nineteenth century royalty. Kiel took on the role of Franz Joseph, Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire. I portrayed Duchess Helene of Bavaria and Camille Birkhead made a stunning Empress Sisi. (How gorgeous was her hair?!) The photos were fittingly shot at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria and St. Paul's Chapel in New York City.
The Accidental Empress is an historical account of fifteen year old Sisi (Elisabeth) of Bavaria, who famously changes history when she wins the heart of her sister's fiancee. Based on facts and actual events, the novel gives readers a further glimpse into the glittering yet oppressive world of the Habsburg Court. Alison does a beautiful job of bringing Sisi to life with all of her hopes, defeats, and triumphs. She spins a captivating tale of the beautiful, lonely empress who must fight to keep the love of both her husband and empire, amongst an imposing Imperial Court (including a tyrannical step mother).