Marie Piovesan takes a wander through Degas' old Parisian stomping grounds of Pigalle and Boulevard de Clichy, meeting places for the creative and the corrupt, the beautiful and damned for Dazed's May issue, photographed by Jim Goldberg and styled by Katie Shillingford.
The Paris-born model has walked in shows for the likes of Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, Yves Saint Laurent, Preen, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, Céline and Gareth Pugh.
Dazed Digital: How was shooting with Jim Goldberg and Katie Shillingford around the Pigalle?
Marie Piovesan: I love this area of Paris and it felt good to shoot here. I really loved the theme – I feel nostalgic for that time in Paris even if I never experienced it. And for years I danced a lot… It was good to experience being shot by a photographer known for images on tough and strong society topics, as he is known as a reporter and an artist, not a fashion photographer.
DD: When do you feel you at your most creative?
Marie Piovesan: I really like when the team gives me a concept, a mood for what they want and leaves me completely free to move my body the way I feel like it would be the most relevant way. However it is also nice (as you don't see yourself from outside) to have someone in front of you who leads you, forgetting yourself to dive into someone else's vision. I really enjoy both.
DD: What's been the greatest thing that's happened to you since you started modelling?
Marie Piovesan: A lot of different things. I couldn't choose one over another...
DD: If you could be a muse to any artist, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
Marie Piosevan: Charles Baudelaire. I love the fact that his writing is emotional. It's just about beauty, duality and the violence of deep feelings…