14 December 2009

Fit For A Queen


Sissi Allure
Vogue Italia (October 1992)
Photographer: Arthur Elgort
Model: Kate Moss

I have, as of late, been browsing fashion editorials from years long past. There is such a wealth of fashion, which has over the decades been captured in front the lens, that it seems a shame to consider the painfully short life which the clothes therein serve. Yet fashion photography is an art in itself which I believe manages, rather paradoxically, to occupy a space both inside and outside of the ever-changing fashion sphere.

Whilst clothes are worn, torn and forgotten, the very essence of photography is to remember and record. Of course one is able to play with photography in such a way that it may not necessarily serve the latter, however memory is something far too complex to ever truly erase. One need only recall a time when a simple scent uncovered the most unexpected of memories, or the light falling in a certain way brings a long forgotten conversation to mind. There are traces of memory, and experiences recorded, which although may not specifically be recalled by the viewer, nonetheless are evoked in some part.

These images represent an experience and a whole breadth of memories, which although I myself may not have been privy to, still convey some sense of meaning to me. I would have been but two years old when this editorial was shot, and yet looking at these images, my mind is taken on a journey through the ages. It looks both contemporary and aged, relevant and irrelevant, accessible and yet inaccessible.

Fashion photography often relies on the self-reflexive and historical inspirations of the designers whose clothing it uses. And yet these clothes often reference a period which may never have been personally experienced by that designer. Time, therefore, is in a way democratized, and it becomes not a matter of personal experience within any specific period or decade, but rather a shared experience through the senses. The starting point is the same, these images, and yet the personal experience of these images is different for each viewer, even if that experience be influenced by the same aspects.

This shoot has particular meanings to me, however it may have utterly oppositional meanings to another. That really is part of the magic though.

Currently playing: Chaiyya Chaiyya - Dil Se (Soundtrack)

xxxx

31 comments:

  1. I'm a bit of a fashion noob, and have never seen these photos before. Since these are looks I'd be delighted to sport right now, what interests me is how fashion can change drastically and not at all almost simultaneously.

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  2. Awesome "vintage" editorial!

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  3. These are so stunning. I love them all. Very beautiful. I love seeing older editorials. I hope your week has started off well. Take care.

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  4. this was such a gorgeous editorial...timeless!

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  5. what fantastic styling, and how young and fresh faced kate looks.

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  6. I love your blog you write so professional; I love the way you perceive fashion! and I love all of the content in your blog very inspirational one quick glance and that’s it, I could create a masterpieces with your artistic view! Love your blog officially a follower !

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  7. Good stuff. The interesting thing is that 10 years ago, men's fashion editorials were rather terrible. One advantage to living in the now, at least

    Will touch base when I'm back - I'm living this Christmas up in Ghana, don't'cha know

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  8. Kate looks amazing as always. I love the pictures with the hats. They give the outfit so much more. :)

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  9. I love love love this editorial. I have a bunch of old Vogue's and I always browse through the editorials. There is something so beautiful at seeing fashion from years ago.

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  10. In behalf of the reference to Sissi, I suddenly got nostalgic over the film about her with Romy Schneider in it.

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  11. beautiful images!

    it is crazy how much visual stimulation we are inundated with on a daily basis. so much time and effort goes in to most photographs, and we usually just glance at them for seconds. it is kind of mind boggling how rapid we move on to the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing. humph.

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  12. I love this! It definitely one of the better editorals I've seen in a while. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places... Is it just me, or does anyone else find her braids adorable? Braids are the reason I love long hair :)

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  13. I really got lost looking at those photos. The clothes were superb, but the light is what really got me.

    Whatever magic you get from the shoot is valid and yours alone.

    I can't believe you were only two when this was shot. I feel old!

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  14. This reminds me of a conversation I recently had about "re-appropriation." A friend was angry that a new artist used a riff he believed belonged to The Doors. While creative ownership is sometimes a valid issue, overall ideas should flow free through the artist community. One person's memory becomes a photograph — becomes a trend — becomes retro later. The original source, at some point, is irrelevant. Kids now are dressing '80s or early '90s without having lived it, and I think it's awesome. It becomes mythologized.

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  15. Kate Moss looks so stunning!

    I really love love this editorial a lot! I always love clothes from an older era and I adore this!

    Have a great day ahead:)

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  16. I'm lovely the 4th picture outfit. ^.^ hehehe

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  17. great picture kate looks wonderful!

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  18. Wow . Beautiful , elegant , classic . These pictures are gorgeous ! Thanks for sharing this ! It's shocked to know how old they are .

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  19. Its amazing what the photo shoot might want to convey ..sometimes. I like the energy of it..and especially those pink boots!

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  20. i soo love those photo shoots :)
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  21. Since these are looks I'd be delighted to sport right now, what interests me is how fashion can change drastically and not at all almost simultaneously.

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  22. Beautiful editorial!! I love the lace booties!

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  23. You have an incredible ability to convey and expound upon an idea with a level of depth and simplicity that is difficult to master. I'm always impressed with your write-ups and your choice in photography. Awesome selection of Ms. Moss in her prime. Period-themed pieces are always fun and they most certainly evoke some sort of emotion...no matter whom the reader may be.

    p.s. The pink boots with the grey graphic tights is phenomenal!!!


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