Nepal is known for its vast, sweeping landscapes; it’s home to Arun Valley, the deepest valley the world, Sagarmatha National Park, a wooded sanctuary for snow leopards and red pandas, glassy Pokhara Lake, and the majestic Himalayas, a towering mountain range that boasts eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains—including Everest and Annapurna.
Inspired not only by Nepal’s rich natural beauty, but also by its colorful, intricate culture and people, fashion designer Leila Hafzi spent fifteen years developing “Flying Silk,” a line of “high-end ethical & eco conscious” wedding dresses crafted to embody the Nepalese spirit. Watch this video for an immersive, behind-the-scenes experience of the photoshoot for the collection:
The man behind the camera lens is Erik Almas, a globetrotting advertising and fashion photographer from Norway who moved to the United States in his early twenties to study photography.
Despite his huge success and experience working with big-name clients like Nike, Microsoft, and Toyota, Almas wrote in the ‘About’ section of his website that he’s always learning and working to make each photograph better than the last one. Judging by the spectacular images he captured during the Flying Silk shoot, Almas has his work cut out for him.
In an article about the Flying Silk project, Hafzi praised Almas for his creative vision and exalted his photographs as a dream come true.
“He magically melted the model and dresses into the scenery—creating dreamscapes with a quality of romance and adventure,” Hafzi said. “With only 3 days to ‘live the dream,’ travel to 4 different locations, [and] shoot 14 gowns in the chaos of a developing country and cultural shocks, he infused the team with energy and vision.”