British Regulator Rules Model in Gucci Ad Appears to Be ‘Unhealthily Thin’
LONDON — The model in the Gucci ad is young and waiflike, her frail body draped in a geometric-pattern dress as she leans back in front of a wall painted with a tree branch that appears to mimic the angle of her silhouette.
On Wednesday, the Advertising Standards Authority of Britain ruled that the ad was “irresponsible” and that the model looked “unhealthily thin,” fanning a perennial debate in the fashion industry over when thin is too thin.
The regulator said that the way the woman in the image had posed elongated her torso and accentuated her waist, so that it appeared to be very small. It said her “somber facial expression and dark makeup, particularly around her eyes, made her face look gaunt.” It said the offending image — a still photograph of the model that appeared in an online video posted on the website of The Times of London in December — should not appear again in its current form.
The specific image was removed from the video on Gucci’s YouTube channel, though the model still appears in the ad directed by Glen Luchford.
The Italian fashion brand, for its part, had defended the ad, saying it was part of a video that portrayed a dance party and that was aimed at an older and sophisticated audience. Nowhere in the ads were any models’ bones visible, it said, and they were all “toned and slim.” It noted that “it was, to some extent, a subjective issue as to whether a model looked unhealthily thin,” according to the authority.
The decision by the advertising authority, an independent industry regulatory group, barred Gucci from using the image in advertisements in Britain. The ruling comes amid a longstanding debate on both sides of the Atlantic about the perils of overly thin models projecting an unhealthy body image for women. As when critics lashed out against idealized images of “heroin chic” in the early 1990s, some have voiced concern that fashion houses are encouraging potentially hazardous behaviors by glamorizing models who are rail-thin.
Last year, the French Parliament approved measures prohibiting modeling agencies from hiring dangerously thin models and requiring altered photographs of models to be clearly labeled. Under the law, models need a doctor’s certificate to certify they are fit to work, and employers could be jailed or fined 75,000 euros, or about $85,000, if the rules are breached.
The measures were intended to prevent young and vulnerable models from being pressed into becoming excessively thin, to protect against anorexia and to push back against images of unhealthily thin women featured in glossy fashion magazines.
At the time, some modeling agencies criticized the law, saying it was wrong to link the thinness of models to anorexia without looking at the full spectrum of symptoms. “It is very serious to conflate anorexia and the thinness of models,” Isabelle Saint-Félix, secretary general of the National Union of Modeling Agencies, told Agence France-Presse at the time.
Last year, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled against an Yves Saint Laurent ad that featured a model with pipe cleaner-like legs lying on the floor. The authority said the model appeared “unhealthily underweight,” with a visible rib cage and very thin legs.
Chanel Parks Never Expected to Fit into the Fashion World
Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering…
Fashion features ample things and ideals. It challenges and incites ontological and philosophical questions. It encourages insightful thinking and inquisitive pondering. It is easily a very cyclical phenomenon and so enigmatic, as it is composed of binary elements, such as inclusive versus exclusive, skinny or slender versus plus-sized, subtle or simple versus extravagant and showy, minimal versus baroque, and mainstreams versus hipster.
Fashion is not only an expansive, multidimensional field of aesthetics and artistic beauty blended with social and cultural and philosophical elements, but it serves social, psychological, and cultural functions, like iconisation through models, photography, and themes and consumerism through branding and commodification. It establishes and reinforces codes and stylistic conventions.
According to Mauss and Bordieu, “how we clothe the body” is an active process or a technical means to create or represent a bodily self. The body is naturally trained to inhibit and internalize postures, movement, and gestures. Bodies are worn through technologies of movement, gesture, projection, and restraint.
You can have personified fashion. You can find yourself through it, no matter what you image is. Chanel Park, who never expected to fit into her fashion world’s realms, reflects she did not fit the image. She, however, is in the fashion world and she finds depth and diversity in it.
Models like Marquita Ping, Sabina Karlsson, and Georgia Pratt, walked on the runway that featured a notable amount of plus-size models, according to Parks. She reflected that gender identity has been played with but that racial and cultural identity and diversity was more prominent and dealt with this year at New York Fashion Week.
Seeing fashion is everywhere; it is unavoidable. Relating to it is made easier by diversity, depth, and breadth and meaning becomes more evident.
Tributes Paid to Late Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week
Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com…
Bill Cunningham, the fashion photographer who died earlier this year, was paid tribute to at New York Fashion Week (NYFW.) Photographers dressed reminiscent to Cunningham, donning a blue overshirt that he was known for wearing, according to Erica Schewigerhausen at NYMag.com.
His absence was prominently felt at NYFW this time, since he was not there to do his job. The touching tribute to the late and legendary photographer was enacted by 75 photographers. On the morning of Friday, Sept 9, 2016, the blue smocks were distributed and the tribute took place.
According to Rosemary Fietelberg at WWD, a memorial for the photographer has also been set up at Bryant Park. Upon the late shutterbug’s death, he can also be recognized for his use of the bicycle and for his incredible and profuse contribution to New York’s fashion scene and documentation.
The visionary lensman’s work will also be on display, running from Sept 21 to Sept 25, according to Feitelberg’s article at WWD. It will take place at the fifth yearly Photoville event, at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza.
It is important to appreciate Cunningham’s work, especially in the fashion world and how he conducted his photography. His strive to highlight the main issues in fashion in commendable. He illuminated that individuality and self-expression are both immensely important in fashion.
Of course, being a journalist in ways as a photographer, Cunningham proved that photography is indeed vital to the documentation of fashion—the field it thrives in and its life-cycle. Timeless fashion, past and present was a theme evident is his work, creating a timeline in his 40 years in the field!
The Editorials this Season and How they are Presented!
Epitomizing an enigmatic vibe, the genuineness of using actual models and the idea of representing fashion features through undisclosed imagery and photography resonates an imaginative approach to editorial trends this season.
That is why journalism is so intriguing and unrestrained a field, it is where you can be infinitely playful and innovative. Irony is embedded as faceless and lifeless accentuates life and authenticity!
The impossible is envisioned as possible in these editorials, whether it is with make up or anything else you might wear. Accessible and communicative, the editorials showcase whimsical, ingenious, and envision the impractical as real and doable, thus contributing a characteristic newness to journalism, fashion, and art.
The editorials feature gothic streetwear and retro streetwear along with obscured, blurry portraits. The editorials additionally play with age, showcasing grandparents as models. This use of regular people and actual models adds a validating feel.
With dramatic beauty editorials to be complemented by intangible, unfeasible make up schemes, the editorials this month shine through with engaging fan photography included. They are notably expressive, with rocker style showcased along with retro and candid sportswear. Collages and active suburban wear showcased in the editorials, is added to by the abstract concepts complemented by body paint.
Some models are personified in a chameleon-like adaptability, where they encase a range of looks. Metamorphic, forthright, and open-ended, these concepts are open to interpretation, and not only that, but are also susceptible to insight and discussion. Paradigmatic shifts in fashioning of fashion, itself, art, and journalism, or other ways of communicating, can be subtle and go unnoticed, but they can bring excitement, novelty, and newness.
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Vogue Fashion Editorial from Turkey.
Pop Art Editorial Photography.
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