If modern-day superheroes and sci-fi characters wore costumes that were appropriate during the Renaissance, turns out they’ll still look way cool. At least, that’s the case with Sacha Goldberger’s Super Flemish collection of photographs, which documents a series of Renaissance-themed cosplay that just blows the mind.
These images, which look like Renaissance-era paintings, aren’t Photoshopped, by the way. Instead, these are actual unaltered photographs, with all the elaborate work performed (likely, by a team of stylists, hairdressers, make-up artists, models, and whatever other skilled personnel are needed) during the shoot.
Super Flemish covers a wide array of characters from comic books (Batman, Superman, Iron Man), sci-fi films (Vader, Princess Leia, C3PO), and even classic fairy tales (Snow White, Alice). While the costumes obviously do a lot to create the Renaissance-era look and feel, the rest of the magic is achieved using organic styling and photography tricks. Really, the Carrie Fisher and Christopher Reeve lookalikes don’t actually look like those two actors (pictures on Sacha’s website of the models standing right next to their cosplay portraits) – their appearances were achieved using skillful makeup and lighting techniques.
Sacha Goldberger exhibited the photographs at the Grand Palais in Paris. A big thanks to Sacha for letting us use these awesome photographs! You can check out Sacha’s website to see even more collections.