Suffer for Fashion

How to Explain?
May 6, 2008, 5:47 am
Filed under: inspiration, Musings, photography

I can’t really explain why, but I’m a little entranced by this shoot for Flair Italy. And it made me think of something. Earlier today, my friend asked me why high fashion seems so strange sometimes. He wondered why it seemed like clothes you see on the runway seemed like things no one would never actually wear in real life. It was kind of hard to explain to him the conceptual part of high fashion, and how, somehow, when you had been watching the runway for years, a yellow dress covered in feathers and other embellishments wasn’t all that odd and seemed pretty reasonable (and gorgeous!). It’s funny how a lot of people think high fashion is “weird-looking” and impossible to wear, while people in the fashion community aren’t fazed nearly as much. It’s kind of cool how many different roles fashion can fill, from conceptual to artistic to functional. And fashion really can become art, like this shoot. It’s not just about the clothes, but the way the clothes interacts with the set, the way model’s body is contorted until it’s almost surreal, everything coming together to make the photograph a real piece of art. I just love the first image, how everything seems distorted and that amazing criss-crossing pattern on the wall/ground/whatever, the way the dress in the second image billows out and creates this swirl of black and white and grey, and the sharp, unforgiving angles of the third image. I kind of love fashion photography a little too much.


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