We have collaborated with Fiend Portobello to bring provocative artworks by Tim Bret-Day throughout their dark red and intimate cave lounge.


Fiend, 301 Portobello Road, London W10 5TD  020 3971 8404

  • The Season of Witch

    The Season of the Witch was shot for Agent Provocateur in May 2009 at Dorney court. It was commissioned by Joe Corre and Serena Rees the original owners. Joe and I had been looking at Hogarth's etchings for A Rakes Progress, which later became an opera by Stravinski depicting the decline of Tom Rakewell, “For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do.” We decided we would create our own version of Bedlam but with Agent Provocateurs seductive point of view.

    The challenge was to shoot their whole collection, over thirty-five pieces of lingerie and put them into one image. Despite the misconception that it is a huge multi composition in photoshop, the truth is, it isn’t. Camera position locked off and working to a very specific layout conceived with all the girls from the shop, the picture is assembled in three parts. The right-hand side of the image using our ten models and extras was shot first, then as individual scenarios. Then came the balcony shot as they changed costumes to shoot the left-hand side. Fenton Bailey son of David played Tom, and Chloe Hayward his prospective wife who stumble into the witches coven, a twisted version of The Rocky Horror show. 
    The witches included Alice de Lal, Daisy Lowe, Peaches Geldof, Marina Jameson, Raquel Nave, Awoui, Alex Jenny and Paz de la Huerta from Broadwalk Empire. Charlie Anderson brought a rack of costumes which everyone was persuaded to dress up in, whether it was the snake wrangler, who at one point “mislaid” a nine-foot boa constrictor, photo assistants, strip club doormen, some random punks we found roaming the streets of Windsor and the entire hair and makeup team. Joe Corre, son of Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood made a cameo performance in all four tableaus and can be seen behind the chandelier with all the girls from their offices all suitably attired. We actually flew the owl across the set but the wolf that belonged to the owner of the house was brought in and shot separately.

    On my first presentation of the artwork there was a degree of disapproval, perhaps cutting the brides throat was a tad over the top but Joes only reaction was “ couldn’t we have a bloody great big pentagram painted on the floor?” I returned to my office that afternoon and duly painted the floorboards with the devil's insignia which was then comped onto the shot. With productions like this, so many people go unmentioned such as my producer Jenny, Jess Morris, Sarah Shotton, Kirstin Piggott and Eamonn Hughes on hair and make up my dear friend Peter Smith who styled all the food, and most importantly my partners in crime Lee Stuart who assembled everything without any hesitation and a huge degree of inspiration, and Mark Townsend who balanced the light and made the 5x4 plate camera operate without hiccups.

    Ultimately though, the performances were excellent amid the organised, adrenalin-fuelled chaos. For my part, I was just delighted we found the snake.

  • The Rising of Pan (Pan and the Vestry of Virgins)

    Pan and the Vestry of Virgins has shot once again at the Tudor Manor house, Dorney court for Agent Provocateur's spring collection where we staged a sumptuous Bacchanalian feast with Portia Freeman playing the wood nymph, Syrinx and Robertas playing the part of half man half goat, Pan,
    There was a strong “fertility” theme on this one and a lot of “horns”. The virgins, of which there were many were played by Chloe Hayward, Pixi Geldof, Lucia K, Misha Farska, and Sophia P.Penny Markham, our food stylist enrolled her assistant and daughter onto the shoot as one of the flying angels. Other cameos were Jess Morris as Beau Peep, Philip Salon, club owner extraordinaire, my son as the cherub in the chandelier and Joe Corre disguised as part of the fireplace.
    Rainer and Robertas were our beautiful Adonises, not many male models get to have their nether regions turned into a goat. A special thanks to the delightful Jill Palmer the owner of Dorney Court for turning up on this shoot with her boyfriend dressed in German officers uniforms like something out of Allo Allo, barely noticing what was going on and leaving in a German Zundapp KS 750 motorcycle and sidecar. Charlie Anderson, Eamonn Hughes and Kirstin Piggott turned our girls into virgins, Mark Townsend and Lee Stuart added hooves and horns and Jenny Carrol hid contracts from Sir Bob Geldof.

  • Battle of Fournier Street

    Shot in  24 April 2004 for Alexander McQueen feature in Sunday Times Magazine.