PHOTOS: Vogue Italia Takes On The Gulf Oil Spill

People often think fashion is frivolous and flighty — all aesthetics, with no meaning to back them up. And then there are people like Steven Meisel, whose gut-wrenching spread for Vogue Italia’s August issue features an all black-clad Kristen McMenamy on a sinister, tar-slicked beach.

While we’re not sure, we have to assume Meisel shot this spread as a response to the environmental tragedy that is the 107-day old Gulf oil spill. And while the irony of using clothing worth thousands of dollars that was probably flown halfway around the world for the shoot is not lost on us, we can’t help but think that if this isn’t art, we don’t know what is.

Breath-taking video of the shoot:

[via TFS]

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