Italian Vogue delivers irony at its best through editorial inspired by Oil Spill

Abigail Doan, writer, editor and environmental activist behind ecco*eco, alerted us to this Italian Vogue editorial (via of Refinery29) through her Facebook fanpage. Of course, like any good editorial, the reviews have been mixed. Here are a few that stand out:

Wow, how insensitive! What next, a photo shoot inspired by the recent floods in Pakistan? A better idea would be to do a minimal photo shoot DEDICATED to the event and donate the cash that would have been spent on an extravagant shoot to the charities trying to sort the mess out.”

“I don’t think its glamorization at all…putting ourselves in the animals shoes so to speak…imagining if it were us living directly in the disaster…It’s poetically beautiful”

“Steven Meisel was successful in depicting the ugly truth of such a catastrophic event. Fashion isn’t only about the clothes; it is an idea or message that can often times stir up controversy and bring awareness to industries and people that might not otherwise not be affected.”

I’m wondering if Kristen McMenamy and Steven Meisel appreciate the level of irony they have managed to channel with each image, given the fashion industry’s massive dependency on petrochemicals. Just a thought!   

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(Images via Refinery29)

Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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