BOOKING A PHOTOGRAPHER: It takes more than moxie to don only white chalk, hibiscus petals and a lily headdress, but fashion photographer Dietmar Busse did that and more for a new book, “Flower Album,” which is being published by Powerhouse Books next month.

Whether wearing an anthurium as a makeshift mask or decorating his face and torso with tulip petals, the inventive lensman uses flowers as an armor of sorts in 20 different self-portraits. The 80-page book also incorporates portraits and paintings that blend fashion, flowers and art, with a preface by Anna Sui.

“Reassembling the parts of the flower to create a visual pattern and the use of the human body as the background for the visual imagery creates a seldom-seen energy, a virtual ‘floral’ fashion show,” she writes in her preface. She’s not the only one impressed: Both the New York Botanical Garden and Saks Fifth Avenue plan to help promote the launch.

PUCCI’S FLASHBACK: Models of yesteryear will reappear next month at Ralph Pucci International’s headquarters in Manhattan — in their immortalized forms.

The mannequin company plans to inaugurate a new exhibition space called Gallery 9 at its West 18th Street offices with a show for Josef Astor’s photographs of the past two decades that, naturally, feature Pucci mannequins. In “Displayed,” stills of mannequins designed at the company by Karl Lagerfeld, Ruben Toledo and Andrée Putman will be showcased in the penthouse gallery, along with Pucci models designed in the likeness of Veruschka, Aly Dunne and Christy Turlington. Astor, who has had his own studio since 1985, started his career by assisting Irving Penn and Angus McBean.

“Josef’s work is surrealistic and unusual, but it stands the test of time,” said Ralph Pucci, owner of the firm. “The show will feature Pucci mannequins from the last 20 years.”

Pucci and Elle Decor will open the space with a party on Sept. 15, as well as be host to James Thomas’ fashion show that day.

LIGHTING UP LONDON: And they say Americans’ take on outdoor holiday displays can be an eyesore.Leading architects and interior, fashion and 3-D designers are planning an affront to conventional Christmas lighting in London this December with an exhibition called “Let There Be Light.” Held at the B&B Italia furniture store on Brompton Road, the exhibition will include unique lighting designs by Tord Boontje, John Rocha, William Russell, Sam Buxton and Barber Osgerby.

B&B Italia gave the designers an open brief for their concept, resulting in a hodgepodge of submissions. The design company De Matos Storey Ryan submitted a piece called “Let There Bee Light,” a neon bee that buzzes and illuminates when anyone comes into close proximity. Osgerby’s “The Wonderlight Bag” is a Christmas shopping bag with a giant snowflake design made from luminescent ink. The ink absorbs light, stores the energy and then remits it over the next few hours, creating a festive glow. The Anglo-Swiss design partnership Black + Blum contributed “Libellule,” a dragonfly-like design that will give the impression of the creatures emerging from their chrysalis.

The designs will ultimately be auctioned in a silent bid, with proceeds going to Shelter, a British charity for the homeless.

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