Editor's Note, March 2021: This month is the tenth anniversary of our famous disco shoot. No, you might not have seen it. But among longtime magazine staffers, the 2011 feature has acquired the aura of legend. See, it was my first spring fashion feature for Portland Monthly and we vowed to do it up, taking over the long-gone club East Chinatown Lounge on Third and Everett. Because we had the grand idea to make it feel as much like a disco as possible we started the shoot after dinner and ran until nearly sunrise. We guzzled coffee, schlepped thousands of dollars of clothing into the bar, and piled up platform shoes from (RIP) Solestruck. Our super champ models and a crew of extras (Yes, extras for a photoshoot! We were living large!) danced to Chic and Rick James while we tossed gold metallic confetti into the air making a mess that would take us hours to clean up.
Now I look back at these photos and see a moment in time in Portland. Models and crew—some I stayed in touch with, some that have moved on from the industry. Small brands that are gone and missed, others still trucking a decade later. All of it makes me grateful for these lovely photos that captured it all.
Hello, Studio 54.
This season’s look has ’70s glam stamped all over it. So go on: channel your inner Abba. You can dance, you can jive….
Styled by Eden Dawn / Photos by Carlin Sundell
Models: Kate Troedsson (Option Model & Media), Tanisha Payne (Option Model & Media), Heather Kara (Q6 Model & Talent), Ben Razavi (Q6 Model & Talent), and Justin Taylor (Muse Model).
Crew: Art Director: Jason Blackheart / Producer: Loann Vo / Production Manager: Matthew Schmuck / Digital tech: Jonah Sutherland / First Photo Assistant: Matt H. King / Second Photo Assistant: Anna Campbell / Cinematographer: Alex Mertz / FX Supervisor: Luke Powell / Assistant Stylist: Marianne Schnell / Hair Stylist: Amanda Williams (Arabella Salon) / Makeup Artist Madeline Roosevelt.