Fashion photographer Steven Meisel's latest cover and fashion editorial for Vogue Italia "interprets" the BP oil disaster through the lens of haute couture and cadaverous models draped across tarry shores. Fashion blogger Verena von Pfetten writes, "If this isnt art, we dont know what is," while Fashionlvr.com lauds the spread as "a thoughtful gesture by Vogue Italia."
ABC26 graphic artist and photographer Chet Overall executed a similar photo shoot in June. In contrast to Meisel's wan, waxy models, Overall's wear defiant expressions along with their faux oil. "Im glad someone is doing this for a national audience," Overall says. "The media (attention) is slowly going to fade, but people should still be payinig attention to it six months after it happened."
Ro Mayer, costume designer and founder of Krewe of Dead Pelicans, agrees that any controversy incited by Meisel's editorial will help keep media attention on the oil disaster. Its attention, and [attention] is good. [The editorial] is ugly. But the oil spill is ugly. Its fashion, art and performance, which is exactly what I was doing (with the Krewe of Dead Pelicans), so rah rah.
See the rest of the editorial after the jump: