See Haute Couture’s Most Romantic Looks

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Photo: Tetsu Kubota

At the most recent couture season in Paris in July, fantastical silhouettes conveyed a sense of girlish romanticism. Photographer Tetsu Kubota used his lens to capture some of our favorite ornate pieces in a casual, sun-lit setting in a quiet neighborhood in Paris.

Out in the light of day, without complicated hair and makeup, the elaborate artistry of couture begins to feel more approachable. Chanel’s baby-pink taffeta dress may evoke a historical silhouette, but captured in a scaled-back setting, it looks practically modern. Intricate details — the embroidery on Dior’s Bar jacket, plissé pleating techniques done by hand at both Iris van Herpen and Giambattista Valli — jump off the screen, and even a molded plastic dress, designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela Artisanal, feels romantically youthful.

Click ahead to see couture’s dreamiest looks shot on two fresh faces from the Parisian runways.

Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Hair by Andre Cueto-Saavedra at Mikas Looks. Makeup by Jacques Uzzardi at Kaptive. Models: Cam Kerekes (OUI) and Kathia Nseke (NEW MADISON). Shot at Espace Lumière Studios in Paris.