Photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank captures girls on the verge. Titled Young Hollywood, her new book of portraits features a series of starlets on the brink of fame. And while the term “old Hollywood” conjures up images of glamorous women with sculpted hair, red lips and over-sized sunglasses, Frank shoots modern actresses done up in a classic fashion to give dimension and mystery. Though they’re not exactly blank canvases. Frank says each of her subjects has a certain depth that inspired her to photograph them in the first place.
According to Frank, styling these young hopefuls in a way that empowered them was key in capturing their essence. A sought-after fashion photographer, Frank is no stranger to styling and fashion—a fact made clear in the forward to the book, written by her friend Michael Kors. (The tome is also available at Kors’ stores.)
Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the making of the book—then click through the gallery to see some of Claiborne Swanson Frank’s favorites photos.