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All the world's a stage

The Golden Age, by definition, is a period in retrospect; A time in history that's filled with wonder, enlightenment and innovation.

The concept of a Golden Age has its roots firmly planted in the ancient world of Greek mythology and has evolved to reflect upon periods in history of renaissance.

Alexia Sinclair takes us on a voyage around the globe to discover life in The Golden Age. In this series, almost everything you see is captured in camera. Each photographic tableaux contains hundreds of hours of work in the pre-production phase.

Sinclair begins her exploration with a lovingly crafted portrait of Elizabeth I of England in The Golden Phoenix.

Take some time to get lost in the detail of this elaborate artwork and discover the ephemeral elements of fleeting beauty such as the golden painted insects and roses that cover the handmade throne. For a closer look, the scarab beetle, moth and key are all featured as macro artworks here too.

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Halo Headpiece - Gold Foiled Kangaroo Leather & Hand Painted Gold Feather Inlay, ,
The palace of dreams dress
Gown - Gold Lace & Purple Silk Taffeta, 2015,
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Gorget - Hand Cut Gold Foiled Kangaroo Leather, Pearl & Bugle Bead Hand Embroidery & Hand stitched gold lace ruff., 2015,
The palace of dreams corset
Hand Embroidered Pearl, Ruby & Bugle Beads with Hand Cut Gold Foiled Kangaroo Leather, ,
Floral scarf
The Palace of Dreams - Scarf, 2017, , Edition of 0 enquire to buy
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The Palace of Dreams, 2017, 1524 x 2032 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 1 + 1AP enquire to buy

The Palace of Dreams

Elizabeth I

In a time of religious turmoil, a time when women held little power, Elizabeth I rose to great popularity by manipulating her public image through the use of symbolism in her portraits. Foremost, she aligned herself with the biblical figure The Virgin Mary, the Tudor Rose and the Phoenix, rising from the ashes. These symbols are woven into the elaborate costuming of The Palace of Dreams.

Sinclair’s meticulously hand-crafted costuming incorporates both masculine and feminine style to reveal a lace and taffeta corseted gown beneath accessories reminiscent of armour.

The corset is embroidered with pearls and beads to form a biblical sunburst surrounding a punched leather heart. The intricately crafted leather gorget incorporates a complex hand cut leather phoenix design below two bejewelled Elizabethan ruffs.

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The Golden Key, 2016, 1524 x 2032 mm | 1118 x 1413 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 9 + 1AP enquire to buy
2015 alexia sinclair the golden scarab
The Golden Scarab, 2016, 1524 x 2032 mm | 1118 x 1413 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 9 + 1AP enquire to buy

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All the world's a stage

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