WOMEN ON FILM: London-based photographer Amelia Troubridge has photographed a bevy of powerful women in the worlds of film, art music and culture for her new book, “Joan of Arc Had Style” (Trolley Books). Troubridge, who shot portraits of women including Isabella Blow, Kim Cattrall, Cara Delevingne, Anna Friel, Helen Mirren, Erin O’Connor and Dita von Teese for the book — which takes its title from a Charles Bukowski quotation — said that she wanted the tome to be “an honest portrayal of being those women and the struggle of their journeys.”
The photographer launched the book Thursday with a breakfast and panel discussion at London’s Design Museum, hosted by De Beers Jewelry as part of their “Moments in Light” project, which aims to celebrate talented women. “I became fascinated about creating a book about feminine power,” said Troubridge. “I was looking at what it meant to be a woman, who had these hopes and dreams and wanted to have an adventurous life, but yet also wanted to love, have a family, have children — essentially I was doing a book about courage,” she said. To mark the book’s launch, the Design Museum is displaying Troubridge’s photographs alongside its current exhibition “Women Fashion Power.” The images will be on show at the museum until Monday, in association with EllesVMH, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s initiative to promote gender diversity in its organization.