Inside the young creative underground.
London-based photographer Lillie Eiger is at the forefront of capturing fashion’s freshest faces. Studying at Central Saint Martins, Eiger explores the elegance of garments, but even more deeply on the effortless sensuality of the youth wearing them. Read on to get to know Lillie as she emerges as one of fashion photography’s most promising forces.
How would you describe your photography style?
I’m not trying to commit to defining it yet. Ask me in a couple of months. Right now I really want to focus on portraiture, and exploring how I can communicate the subject’s persona while staying true to an aesthetic that excites me.
Your work mixes fashion and portraiture, how did you come to that balance?
I’ve always been drawn to people and personality. I was always obsessed with faces so I guess I started satisfying that interest by drawing people. My interest in fashion developed because of its freedom in expression and its connection to the body. I think I don’t quite fit into the fashion world so the balance in my work likely stems from that. I quite like being somewhat of an outsider looking in.
What has been your biggest career accomplishment thus far?
I think thus far my biggest accomplishment has been shooting backstage for Dazed. It was about a year and a half ago when I made it one of my goals. It feels so incredible to have done it and learned so much from the experience.
Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Anywhere from dancing shamelessly in a club with my mates to secluded in my flat with some takeout and editing to do (with Netflix on in the background of course).
What’s your favorite Fashion Week to shoot?
London! There are more designers here that show during Fashion Week who are young, exciting, and inspiring! Also London is such a small world so it’s really nice for me to see faces I know from all parts of the industry working alongside each other backstage.
Do you have any secret talents?
Yes! I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue. Not many people know about that!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I used to be a competitive figure skater.
What has been your most memorable shoot?
When I shot Zoe Bleu for Wonderland with my friend Georgie Butz. She managed to get us access to shoot in this Masonic temple room in the Andaz hotel. The room was incredible! It was so eerie and intricate; I couldn’t stop fantasizing about all the possible ritual sacrifices that occurred there. We also had all of these incredible Tudor era pieces mixed with Georgie’s designs which made Zoe look like a fucking queen.
What’s your weirdest experience you’ve ever had while shooting?
It must be the one when we had a bunch of dead fish and we draped them all over the model. The squid was inking E-V-E-R-Y where… It was gorge. Definitely the smelliest shoot haha.
What was your last DM?
“You have to move if I have to”. Talking to my friend Dave in Chicago about if i have to move to NYC.
What’s your dream shoot?
My dream shoot is probably going to turn into my final major project so stay tuned. Besides that, I would die if I could shoot a series of my favourite rappers. I’d love shoot someone really high profile, take the pretense away and make them look like average lowkey people.
Who/What is your favorite subject to capture?
I love shooting my friends and family, but I also love shooting people I’ve been in relationships with. I’ve been thinking about shooting all of my exs and titling it “I ‘aint got no type”. No one steal that!
Describe your work in a hashtag.
How do you feel about getting your picture taken?
It’s awful… I used to love it, but I’ve gotten too used to the other side. I like doing self portraits but I think having your picture taken requires practice and a lot of trust in the photographer.
What are your top spots to hit up in London?
I love rollerblading in Victoria park on a sunny day. Broadway market is always a great shout for food and drinks. I also love walking around soho and checking out the shops. The great thing about London is how huge it is. It’s hard to frequent places because there’s always a new place you want to try! P.S. Check out ‘Legs’ on Morning Lane; the food is amazing, the chef is really cute and there’s a sparkly toilet seat. What else could a girl ask for?
London or Chicago?
London. Sorry Chicago! London is where my heart is
Favorite British slang to use?
Tough one. Top three that I use on a regular basis: innit, jokes, and mate. Twat and wanker have their moments too.
American or British boys?
Neither, I’ve gone off boys at the moment, ask me in a couple of weeks. But nah, generally British I guess. I’ve only had one American boyfriend, so I wouldn’t really be qualified to compare. I’m trying to have kids with British accents though…
What’s the last thing you ate?
Ben and Jerry’s paired with a bottle of red.
Photography: Lillie Eiger