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March 05, 2009

The Fashion Department Returns from Broome

Danger zone: What it took our fashion team to get the perfect image in Broome.

For Condé Nast Traveler's March fashion feature, "The Distant Shore," our fashion department traveled to Broome, Australia. Closer to Singapore than to Sydney, cinema-worthy Broome is where Orient meets Outback. The Daily Traveler sat down with Associate Style and Accessories Editor Tiffany Gifford to discuss the trip.

DT: Why Broome?

Tiffany Gifford: We had planned on going to India, but changed the shoot at the last minute when violence broke out there. Our photographer was held hostage in a Mumbai hotel and, when she fled, her equipment, money, and Australian passport were all left there. She only had a temporary passport, so we went to her. It worked out beautifully; the Kimberley region of western Australia is breathtaking. It ended up being the perfect backdrop for our story, which we had to completely change in a matter of days!

DT: Wow. Does this happen often with photo shoots--changing plans at the 25th hour?

TG: Not to that degree, but yes, it's part of the gig. There are so many variables when we plan a shoot, and we have to account for all of them in order to come back with amazing images. Other examples of this were Singapore in October 2007 and Sydney in May 2008.

DT: What happened in Singapore and Sydney?

TG: The airline lost our trunks--all of them--on the way to Singapore. In Sydney, it rained every day, which is rare during summer. The last two days there were our only sunny ones, so we had to crunch what was meant to be a four-day shoot into those two days.

DT: Yikes! Back to Broome, what was the food like? Do you see the Asian influence?

TG: Yes, definitely. Our hotel served quite a bit of Indian food, as did the surrounding restaurants.

DT: What was your favorite thing about Broome?

TG: The terrain. Beautiful red sand and cliffs pop against the blue water. I would advise not to go during cyclone season or when the box jelly fish take over the beach (which was the case when we were there). And definitely check out Sun Pictures, one of the oldest outdoor cinemas in the world.


So whi was the photographer on the Broome shoot?

Tiffany Gifford snapped the behind-the-scenes photo above, but it was Daniela Federici who shot the gorgeous feature. Check it out in the March issue!

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