November 9, 2023
The Lost Lionesses project brought together various elements to create a powerful and inspiring story. Led by photographer Will Douglas and styled by Charlotte Kennedy, the project showcased the vibrant and playful wardrobe of the Lost Lionesses. The shoot aimed to capture the essence of these remarkable women, who were described as having "young souls" and an "infectious" energy when they were all together.
The shoot took a "stripped back" approach, using a subtle England blue backdrop and soft lighting to create a simple yet impactful aesthetic. While some of the Lionesses were initially hesitant about being in front of the camera, the atmosphere was lightened with the help of 80s music. The emotional aspect of the shoot was evident, with one husband expressing his pride and shedding tears.
The project has had a profound impact on everyone involved. Sophie, who has spoken to many people about the project, has found that it has touched and surprised them. The story of the Lost Lionesses and the ban on women's football is still relatively unknown in the football world, and discussing it with friends and family has been enlightening.
For Jon-Paul, the project came full circle when England's women made it to the World Cup final. It was a moment of validation and progress, showing how far women's football has come. Will hopes that the project will contribute to the continued growth and development of the game, reminding us of the sacrifices made by these women in the past.
Looking ahead, the project aims to expand its scope by creating caps for other unrecognized women's teams, including those from the 1970 World Cup and the 1969 Euros. This ongoing effort will ensure that the history of women's football is acknowledged and celebrated, inspiring future generations of players.
The Lost Lionesses project is a testament to the resilience and determination of women in football. It serves as a reminder of the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done to achieve equality in the sport. Let us continue to honor the past and support the present and future Lionesses who have paved the way for success.