Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Fashion Treadmill

It's hard to imagine this image (Cover shot by Steven Meisel Vogue Italia October 1994) is nearly 17 years old. While you may recognise the models (Caroline Murphy and Guinevere van Seenus) what interests me is that the styling and use of colour is so powerful. The mirror image reminds me of the Horst (1955)  shot of the Bouvier Sisters (soon to be Jacqueline Kennedy and Lee Radziwill) and the clothing looks very 30's, with a nod to the 60's for the pattern in the fabric. What images like this suggest is that we exist in a world where inspiration is drawn like chocolates on a tray...we graze and pick the flavours we like the most. I love this image because the use of the bold colours in the box forms can be either modern display or sit right at home in a shoot for Metropolis. I suppose the positive spin with this is that no one can accuse the fashion world of not recycling...

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