Many artists seek inspiration from the fashion world and Vogue is no exception. What I find interesting is not only the motivation of each artist but the aesthetic of each final outcome.
Andrea Mary Marshall appropriating the cover of Vogue using the image of Frida Kahlo, is a particular favourite of mine, not only due to the subject matter being an artist herself but because she is of Mexican heritage, which apart from her country of origin, may not be a common ethnicity to grace the cover of Vogue, making quite a poignant but artistic statement. The painterly quality is very gestural and the text, not in keeping with traditional magazine type or layout creates a more alluring 'cover' in my opinion.
The second piece, by Graham Dolphin, is one from a collection of covers he has appropriated. I find this one particularly intriguing due to the mask like nature of the punctured holes that is both alarming and fascinating. Usually the model/celebrity would be enhanced, creating or reinforcing negative expectations of what beauty ideals are. Here the model is almost censored with a mask that is beautifully decorative in many ways however the holes create an aggressive statement perhaps referencing the negative impact the fashion world has on many women.
Lastly, the final image is the most poignant in terms of linking to my brands USP. The layering up of many covers demonstrates the magazines integrity to its layout being firmly applied every issue. However the models on the cover blend in to one as they are seemingly of the same ethnicity, caucasian. Highlighting the lack of diversity in celebrating woman from a variety of backgrounds is particularly alarming for a country such as the UK whose capital city, London, prides itself on being cosmopolitan along with many other cities and towns. Making the lack of representation not acceptable. How are young women meant to feel empowered and inspired if no role models, akin to themselves in terms of ethnicity, are shown in mainstream media?
Art is a powerful platform to showcase these ideas and open up various discourse to raise awareness. And with the continuing collaboration of the art and fashion world transcending many boundaries, I hope, will draw peoples attention to yet another worthwhile cause, that ethnicity and the fair representation of it is fundamentally important.
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