The art directors idea was to do a portrait based on a classical Greek statue or bust.
Working on that idea, I thought it would be great to do it all in the shot, without digitally altering afterwards. The preparations:
By using a black shirt on a black background, we created the oval shape around the chest. This shape defines the bust portraits.
The second option was the portrayed wearing a Greek chiton.
The result in the publication (next to some smaller inserts):