Have you ever wandered across a fashion editorial that took your breath away?
The first time this happened to me, I was flipping through a Vogue when I was about 14 and was caught breathless when I saw an editorial in the back of the magazine. From then on fashion has had my undivided attention.
Re-visiting Kathleen’s blog on colored hair I have to say the look, styled here in 2003 by Brana Wolf was revolutionary. The way Jessica’s hair glows in some of these pictures gives a whole new meaning to avant-garde.
Was your breath taken? Mine sure was!
This was a stunning stance for Vogue Italia to take because fashion magazines have rarely been known for being socially responsible, let alone environmentally aware.
The series that Steven Meisel shot was for Vogue Italia’s August issue and features an oil clad Kristen McMenamy (the model) desperate for survival in the gulf while she becomes entangled and strangled in haute couture garments.
I was impressed by the depth of emotion captured by these photos. When, or if, we begin to imagine ourselves in all of our material beauty, drowning in oil, then the disaster and its consequences might start to be real. Will we ever take responsibility for the drastic consequences of our oil dependent lifestyle on the environment?
The critique brought up from these photos is that the magazine had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of clothing and people flown to the location for this shoot. How does that comment on our use/abuse of oil and the environment?
Whatever the consensus is the clothing used is breathtaking as well as the photos.. Do you think it was worth it?