From a 26 page fashion series photographed in 1995 for Neiman-Marcus and published in Harper's Bazaar Fall 1995 as part of the Neiman-Marcus "Art Of Fashion" series, an artist invitational to photograph fashion of the store's top designers each Spring and Fall. First photographed in 1994 by Richard Avedon, then Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz, Kern photographed this series, the fourth installment, in 1995.
Each photographer/artist was allowed to photograph the collection in any way they wanted, keeping to a set budget. Kern chose to photograph a young woman going to sleep, dreaming of becoming a "famous fashion model." Kern's idea, however, was to tell a story about the dangers of fame's objectification. Soon, the dream veers down a dark alley.
Neiman-Marcus was initially nervous about depicting a model as a mannequin, but the series proved very popular, prompting Time Magazine to declare the series the "Best Advertising Campaign of 1995."
All of the images were originally published in color. Photographed in Devon, England, with model Kristen Bronson April 1995.