Happy Memorial Day everyone! In honor of the day, we’ve compiled some editorials straight from the front lines of fashion.
The military uniform has been a point of inspiration and a source of new styles and silhouettes for many decades – just think of all of the trench coats, cargo pants, combat boots and epaulet-equipped jackets that now line most of our closets. The fashion industry is also closely tied to the battlefield historically, with New York Fashion Week itself born of necessity in World War II when Paris was occupied by Germany and the shows had to be held stateside during 1943’s “Press Week”. So it’s no surprise that many editors, photographers, and stylists look to the armed forces for inspiration when putting together fashion shoots.
Vogue Italia took the idea to the next level, as they are wont to do, with their 2007 spread “Make Love Not War,” which featured Raquel Zimmerman and Agyness Deyn cavorting with US “soldiers” in the mud, in their barracks, and in various states of undress. The images were inspired by the Iraq war, then a ripped-from-the-headlines theme, and were hailed as “the most nauseatingly tasteless fashion pictures ever” by The Guardian for glorifying “jaded soldiers, rape and violence while selling this season’s Roberto Cavalli and Dior.”
What do you think – do army-inspired fashion editorials glamorize war and violence? Or should editors and photographers be free to soldier on with their surplus-heavy shoots?
this is some kind of spaceship or something.