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Vian Hunter House of Fashion

February 9th, 2012 at Thu, 9th, 2012 at 12:15 pm by Chad Coleman

Fashion designer Lisa Vian Hunter, of Mercer Island, at her shop, Vian Hunter House of Fashion, in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Vian Hunter is a design competitor on NBC’s new reality series ‘Fashion Star.’  More photos after the jump…

To be honest I had no idea what to expect when I was assigned to photograph Lisa for the Mercer Island Reporter. A quick walk through of her shop gave me three ideas for portraits — a leopard print couch, a dressing mirror and the store front to give a sense of place. I like the mirror portrait since it gives a near 360 degree view of Lisa, and hey, I did avoid getting myself or lights in the reflection.

Above, Lisa wears one of her designs a black raincoat, “Vanessa,” made from fabric from Como, Italy.

Above, Lisa wears one of her designs, a black pucker jacket “Sylvia” and skirt “Isabella,” made from fabric from Lyon, France. The skirt and jacket are also shown in the opening photo. With a full slate of assignments that day, I almost ran out the door without taking a single frame of the shop… so below is a quick peek into her space in Madison Park.


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