Fashion Victims: Imagery that Got 'Killed'
Originally commissioned by Vogue Italia and killed after the 9/11 attacks
In the mood for thinking about what editorial appears in your fashion bibles and what doesn't? And more importantly, why? If not, you can just look at the neat photos.
Showstudio is featuring an on-line exhibit called Killed, a selection of published and unpublished fashion imagery that was commissioned and produced prior to the 9/11 attacks. While some of the images did appear in magazines, others were 'killed' because they were deemed to be 'inappropriate' for the post 9/11 climate by the editors who commissioned them.
Killed includes two compelling essays, A War Against Aesthetics by Jo-Anne Furniss and The Worst Thing in the World by John Taylor. I highly suggest reading the first if you seek confirmation that fashion editorial does indeed have an agenda beyond showing us pretty things. And also the second for a fascinating analysis of how photographic images contribute to the collective experience of catastrophe.
The smarty pants over at Chasing Dragons (who I may or may not be married to) had this to say about Killed:
"As an exhibition, Killed reveals not only that aesthetics are an important element of politics but also that politics itself contributes to what we find aesthetically pleasing, arresting, or disturbing. Thus, claims that politics and aesthetics are not connected should themselves be seen as deeply political statements that attempt to hide a very powerful dynamic that shapes global social relations."
There's something for you to chew on over the weekend.
Each of these photos is just one of a series that was commissioned before the 9/11attacks:
From McDonaldization by Richard Bush, styled by Jane How
Commissioned for the Oct. 2001 issue of i-D and killed after the 9/11 attacks
Lookbook image from Hussein Chalayan's S/S 2002 Collection show, Sept. 2001
Image from Raf Simons' S/S 2002 Collection show
From Sabotage by Terry Richardson and Camille Bidault-Waddington. The Face, 2001
From Christian Dior RTW A/W 2001 Advertising campaign by Nick Knight