Marrakech, Morocco: Desert Rose

Marrakech, Morocco: Desert Rose

Volume 14 of
, The Art Issue, we travelled to Marrakech to
capture the city’s enchanting beauty. For centuries artists,
designers and writers have been drawn to this ancient city for its
beguiling light and colour, as well as its history and culture.

Our team enjoyed warm, filtered sun in the depths of January,
shooting across several locations. We spent hours at the 28-suite
Country Club
, exploring the property’s gardens across their 14
hectares of land.

Photographer Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy managed to keep cool as
ever, even in stressful situations like shooting in the heart of
the city’s medina. Stylist Savannah Baker embraced her surroundings
with a palette inspired by reflecting light and earthy colours.
Savannah’s assistant Tali Ramsey was there help make last-minute
adjustments and quick accessory changes. Scarlett Burton made sure
that hair and make-up translated to the overall vision of the

After shooting in the medina, we made our way to Riad Dar Darma, a
renovated 17th century of whimsical cavernous rooms and mesmerising
tiled floors, where we captured our model Cassey
against a dark grey background, reminding everyone in
the team of the Girl with the Pearl Earring (seriously).

In an area outside of Marrakech called Palmeraie, a desert
covered with bold palm trees, we came across a baby camel, which
Cassey plied with tufts of grass to keep it still. It was there
that we wrapped up the shoot, and treated ourselves to a cup of
steaming mint tea before heading back to the heart of

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