What If You Never Saw Fashion Bloggers' Faces...

Photographed by Guda Koster.
Much like the fashion bloggers you love, Guda Koster carefully documents her outfits, which include ladylike pleated skirts, polka dot prints, and lots of quirky color pairings. But, there’s one very obvious difference between Koster and the fashion-lovers you follow on Instagram: You’ll never see her face.

In her series of photographs called Clothing as Identity Marker, Koster creates surreal ensembles that fall outside the norm of your typical #OOTD selfie. In one image, she’s camouflaged in a gray suit that matches the wall behind her; in another, she crouches inside a skirt so all that's visible of the Dutch photographer are her heels and the crown of her head. 

The series takes into account the way that we use clothing to self-identify, and how our sartorial POV can influence how others perceive us. However, the artist is never technically seen at all; her face is hidden in every frame. “When you can’t see the face, the human figure is dehumanized into a sculpture, and viewers’ attention can stay focused on patterns, fabrics and general atmospheres,” Koster says of her work. Click on for some bizarrely stunning examples of what she means. There may just be a few new styling tricks hidden in the pics, too.
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
“It is the outfit that defines daily life,” Kosta's description of her work reads.
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
By placing these outfits in a new, more anonymous, context, the photographer challenges us to look closer at the clothing: its patterns, textures, and silhouettes.
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
One of the most impressive parts of this photo series is that Koster often fills the role of the subject, the set designer, and the photographer all at once.
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
She even makes most of the pieces of clothing she wears.
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
“They are all challenging,” Koster tells us, “because I photograph myself with a self timer. And with a box/house/bag on my head I can't see if there is a crease in my dress, or that the house is straight on my head, or the position is not good.”
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
“I think every image is photographed a hundred times before I was satisfied.”
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
“‘Fear for Grey Mice’ was exhausting. It was extremely hot weather. It was exhausting to wear these clothes, because the material was a kind of plastic, not nice on the naked skin. I was sweating like hell and I had to photograph it over and over again. Now and then I had to undress because I couldn't stand it anymore.”
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Photographed by Guda Koster.
This series has quite a sense of humor, too.
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