1997. Cigarette in hand, chiselled and waiflike, Tasha Tilberg poses as a moody tzarina on a gothic throne. Both the fantasy and the narrow depth of field are quintessential Paolo Roversi.
This photo features in the March 1997 issue of Vogue Italia, (Couture supplement, pages 234/235) as part of an editorial entitled as a tzarina: “Abito da sera di tulle rebrodé, Valentino couture, tessuto Marco Lagattolla. Poltrona Lanzani.” [Evening dress in re-embroidered tulle, Valentino couture, fabric by Marco Lagattolla, chair by Lanzani.] It also appears on pages 56/57 of Yves Saint Laurent forty years of creation 1958–1998, edited by Beatrice Dupire & Hady Sy, 1998.