Formal Details: Nicholas Cope Shoots Fall’s Black and White Goods


For our latest edition of Out of the Box, we sent Los Angeles–based photographer Nicholas Alan Cope a box of some of fall’s best monochrome accessories and garments from New York designers. The series is a study of details and abstractions that make you think about texture, structure, depth, and flatness, from a dress floating solo in midair like a Brancusi to a shaggy bolero shot so closely that only rich, enticing tufts of fur fill the frame.

“When I first started out as a photographer, I was primarily shooting commercial architecture and I did a series on Los Angeles,” Cope explained to the Cut. “I can’t help putting in architecture because that’s my comfort zone. I tend to make pieces feel as sculptural as possible.” Click through the slideshow for a first taste of fall’s bounty: from Derek Lam’s graphic heels to Oscar de la Renta’s beekeeper cloche, Calvin Klein’s classic, simple belt, and that irresistible Altuzarra mitten. From behind Cope’s lens, each item transforms into a fresh piece of art in its own right.

Market editing by Veronica Gledhill and Diana Tsui.

Nicholas Cope Shoots Fall’s Black & White Goods