Australian photographer Meg Cowell explores her own femininity by summoning spectral figures in exquisite dresses from the past. Cowell’s new hauntingly beautiful photo series To the Surface features one-of-a-kind period gowns floating elegantly in the dark. In order to capture these seemingly otherworldly photographs, the photographer submerges the garments under water and photographs them against a black velvet backdrop as they emerge towards the surface (hence the title).

I’m pretty sure it won’t take long before this look is replicated in the pages of a European fashion magazine.