La Toilette D'une Femme is inspired by historical paintings of women dressing. While the women who appeared in these paintings were mainly anonymous objects of male desire, Walker's images are portraits of women for whom dressing is an important ritual, creative process and a statement of their identity.
In some images the photographer appears in the reflection of a mirror, acknowledging the presence of the photographer and the construction of the image. It is also a reminder of the influence of photographs when we construct our self-image in the mirror.
The women in the photographs have distinctive personal styles and through these images Walker celebrates female expression as defined by women who enjoy clothing, rather than the dictates of the fashion industry or raunch culture.
A participant of the 2011 L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program.
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