For me, the projects seem to reference the stilted portrait oil paintings of the Renaissance period. Tagliavini takes the concept of Renaissance portraiture into the 21st century with the photography medium, but he maintains that flattened 2-D sense of space with the wardrobe. The models are like paperdolls with their cardboard clothing, headdresses and lack of movement. Check it out...
Project - Dame di Cartone
Project - 1503
How did he do that with their necks?!