Florence + The Machine + The Pre-Raphaelites
The media enjoys describing Florence Welch of ‘Florence + The Machine’ as ‘Pre-Raphaelite’, probably because of her red hair, pale skin and tendency to brandish odd props. But for the release of her second album, Ceremonials, she told Rolling Stone that she was changing her image, seeking ‘a new type of romanticism … As opposed to the Pre-Raphaelite look of the last record.’
Florence might want to have a little chat with her album cover designer, because he or she appears to have missed that particular meeting. Granted, the wild-flowers, flowing hair and general woodsiness of the first album cover are gone. But the new album cover bears more than a passing resemblance to a very famous Dante Gabriel Rossetti photograph of his lover Fanny Cornforth posing before a mirror in his London garden. (See main image, taken by William Downey, posed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Read more about it at the Rossetti Archive) Or is my Pre-Raphaelite fixation leading me to see Pre-Raphaelitism where there is none to be found?