Vogue Italia August 2010 Issue
Editorial: Water & Oil
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Model: Kristen McMenamy
Fashion Editor: Karl Templer
Hair: Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Set Design: Mary Howard
Soooo ItalianVogue decided to use the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as a location for an editorial.... hmmm.... I LOVE fashion and agree in seeing the art in all situations, but at the same time i feel there are a some situations that need to be taken a little more seriously and thus depicted in a way that will make a movement towards change and improvement instead of using extreme environmental situations as a photo shoot backdrop which implies ........what exactly?? (annoyed face)
Sure the Fashion Industry is a huge part of the green movement taking the world by storm, so why exactly are the tools (fahion mags) of the fashion industry not following through with the "green hug a tree" thing?
Italian Vogue is huge, its not just a fashion magazine trying to make it, its made it for decades already and so should it really allow for an editorial as contriversial as this to make its mark on its pages?? I personally dont think so, and though i respect the work of the oh so talented Steven Meisel, i just wonder where does fashion draw the line? When is it not ok? When does creativity say sorry for maybe going further than it should? Should it even apologize?
BUUUUUUUT you're entitled to your own opinion about this shoot .... have a look :
Now here is the saddest part about this photo shoot.... Take away the designer clothes and you would have a shoot that depicts the harsh reality in its most honest (and horrid) form, this isnt a pretty photo shoot, it wasnt meant to be! But it was meant to sell clothes....to have them noticed..... imagine the impact this photo shoot could have had, in the attempt to show those willing to see, how the world is trully slowly dying away because of us, and how it will continue to do so untill we make a change....And if we dont does that mean we pave the way for shallow creativity to use our destruction as nothing more than fashion photo shoot backdrops... Does this photo shoot take away from how serious this matter is... does it imply that environmental disasters ok in the name of art?
Has Fashion gone too far????