Whatever the Gulf oil spill is to politics, it’s also just plain sad. But is it in good taste to make fashion out of this tragedy?
Refinery29 recently posted images from the August 2010 issue of Vogue Italia, which picture a model strewn about an oil-covered wasteland, portraying distressed animals affected by the spill.
The pictures are startling and haunting, but I’m just wondering what Vogue Italia’s point is. As Taylor Combs wrote, the shoot was incredibly wasteful if nothing else, but then again, aren’t most fashion shoots? This one gets more press because it’s especially poignant today, and might have been in poor taste, but it’s really no different. Perhaps the photographer, Steven Meisel, realizes that the only way to really make most people listen is through marketing and movies. Then again, even that doesn’t always work.