The story behind this photoshoot
“As a historian, I have always been very attracted to England and its past. I had been there a couple of times as a teen and always pictured my adult-self living there,” says Brittany Gawley. “I was instantly infatuated upon arriving in such a wondrous place. It just felt right.
“In 2008, I decided to pack my bags and relocate to London in order to pursue a teaching degree and Master’s program. My senses were overwhelmed: I was aesthetically pleased at every turn. The lifestyle, the transportation, the fashion, the music, the culture, the restaurants, the strolls down Portobello Road, the picnics in the park, the Saturday morning bike rides through historic sites and oh so much more. I would describe life there as textured: it encompassed so many layers and suited me like my favourite sweater.
“Teaching in England brought fresh challenges, including teaching history content that I had not previously studied in-depth. Let’s just say, I had to do a lot of research. That’s where the Renaissance and I developed a blooming relationship.
“The Renaissance period is known for its revival of art, literature and learning across Europe. Think medieval times merging into modern. A time of growth and exploration. Enter Henry VIII and his six wives. Rather than exploring distant lands, Henry VIII thought it would be a good idea to explore his options (if you know what I mean). It doesn’t get much more scandalous than this period in British history. A New Renaissance depicts the tale of Henry VIII and his wives using high fashion and alluring architecture. Even the jewelry used shows hints of the Tudor Rose and the ruffled collars of times passed…”