Dirty Laundry

WARNING! The following article contains graphic images and literary descriptions and is meant to be read by mature audiences only. For your own psychological safety please leave this post if you are under the age of 19.


Glee’s co-star Heather Morris dawns a black eye

Clearly TMZ feeds off of gossip and misfortune to create the ultimate guilty pleasure to its viewers. Just as tabloids print baseless rumors to have issues flying off stands, never mind countless retractions. Albeit Burberry blouses are worth splurging on because of its distinct cotton blend specifically designed to be breathable, soft to the touch and luxurious all the way. But in reality these enhancements, lies and fabrications are heavily relied on to manipulate people into subconsciously accepting, justifying and in most cases admiring every loathsome trend, photographic wunderkind or posh new model thrown in their faces. As Alice Kingsley once wisely asked, “if being fashionable was wearing a codfish on your head would you?” For many fashion week in New York, Paris, London, Milan and Japan consumes them in the fall and over the span of centuries fashion sense has been very much apart of society. But at what point has anyone stopped to think, why do we follow the advice of a small group of individuals? Essentially, “who died and made you kings/Queens?” What greater authority allowed the fashion world to dictate what is okay to wear and not. Throughout its long inception the industry has delighted and appalled us and yet are worshipped for pinnacles like the little black dress and each long anticipated September issue. My basis for such a scandalous headlines draws from recent obscenities by Tom Ford, Tyler Shields and Italian Vogue among other photographers, designers and publications. A popular following centers around frightening extremes, inappropriately shock factor themes and sickening images. In particular a shoot covered by Tyler Shields depicts Glee co-star Heather Morris as Barbie. In which two or three shoots show her dawning sporty…bruises. Yes that’s right “even Barbie bruises”, as stated on his official website. A majority of commentors praised Shields work, but a spotty few pointed out possible glamorization of domestic abuse. If that is not disturbing enough sessions with Lindsay Lohan, Hayden Panettiere and Ashley Greene paint grim scenes. unsettling violent, borderline unethical and offensive situations which all attempt at normalizing these situations. Scenarios ranging from brutal cold-blooded murder to  gang rape. And Tyler Shields appears to possibly be partial to bondage or BSDM as it reflects itself in his work. A disturbing thought…these images seem to encourage certain behaviors. A chilling literal, subliminal message comes across in on Shields’ official website archives. In order of appearance Alessandra Torresani and Colton Haynes pose in a bathroom apparently “having a little fun” though their body language would suggest otherwise. The entire experience feels forcible at face value and many other photo ops follow suit. In actuality a majority of Tyler Shields pictures are unsettling if not jarring, but to an onlooker without knowing it was the product of a sought after fashion photographer that it was taken by a psychopath. Though one man’s depravity is another delight, their are some devices in this world beyond any other interpretation in spite of openmindness and acceptance. In no manner do I judge every artist as sick, if I do not appreciate his work, but in other cases certain material clearly goes to dark and twisted places and can only be precieved as such; Tom Ford remains a praised and well criticised designer. The sometimes questionable nature of his advertisements can be difficult to stomach. While Gucci label whores and critiques in his departments find his work elegant and high fashion on the opposite end others say it’s all just too risqué. And still we accept it, even when it disagrees with the deepest part in our better judgement or intuition. Men and women within industrial standard are both objectified. In addition to gender roles being played ad nauseam across countless reincarnations the industry has transformed both men and women into icons of idealization and in a manner of speaking striped their individuality and humanistic qualities. Taking into account the lifelessness in models expressions while on catwalks and magazines. But considering their lifestyle of jetting to global locations year round, receiving  clothing and extras before anyone else and having a well paid career it is surprising…

Brain washed ogglers has never been a problem for names such as Burberry London founded in 1856 [i] and Prada established 1913 [ii] among others. Amidst researching and filing over past decades topics which are commonly associated include politics, warfare, daily life, clothing styles, brands (food, hygiene, appliance etc) and make-up & hair of said period. And throughout tactical advertising has led the public to closely heed their pitches like holy words from a bible, reminiscent to a cult honestly. From the charcoal smudged peepers of flappers to the shoulder padded club freaks of the 80’s modern fashionistas look back and laugh, but we are no different. It is comparable to fields of medicine throughout centuries and while fresh scores of brilliant psychologists, sociologists and psychiatrists capable of developing groundbreaking theories, their professions continue to follow advisement from outdated hypothesis of Freud and Karl Jung. And while certain everyday Jane’s  have the ability to breakaway from the proverbial rail, hardly anyone follows suite and those who do are publicly humiliated {Bjork’s famed but highly critisized Swan Dress} or end up in Cosmo’s Do’s and Dont’s filler page…

Over the course of three months blends of different styles ranging from the 1920’s to the 90’s has not so subtly surfaced in publications such as W magazine and Teen Vogue sister book to Vogue and Italian Vogue. Having raised questionable extremes such as body image/standards, oversexualization and lack of sensitivity regarding certain subjects like misogyny and race. Numerous groups from educational institutions to politicians have addressed these issues both formally and informally. Yet has yielded nothing, while publishers continue to spit-out press to print copies of mags no longer focused on consumers or even readers, but product endorsement and fresh-faced pop stars so mundane no one bothers to remember their names anymore. Intially sprung in 2005 Teen Vogue was a watered down, but hardly washed out version of its Vogue; several passionate albeit thoughtful writers produced works of relatable brain-child stories ranging from sleep deprivation [iii] to damaging effects of tanning too long  [iv]. This months edition with entitled “it girl” Alexa Vega T.V. no longer bears the layout or heart of its early back issues. Within the first few pages I was bombarded with four ads, mixed in with bad composition of articles, spordaic spreads on random photographers, designers, actors and models whom are unknown to me and I was left with a feeling of discord. It gave me the impression that T.V. had no substantial reason for continuing their publication, as if the magazine no longer was about its readers, but overtly hell-bent on shoving samples of Gucci Eau de Tendre down peoples throats, strangling onlookers with Prada purses, handing out brochures on young Hollywood while spouting sonnets deleriously, crying about how Coco unfriended them on {facebook}.com [v].  And for these reasons I have lost a great deal of respect for one of my favored mags of all-time.

Essentially I am here to point out the depraved lengths to which the fashion industry has gone to secure consumer loyalty and revenue. But no one will admit they have gone too far. In succession with our day and age fair is foul and foul is fair. The moment we remind Coco Chanel and her peers who truly affects income they will remain tyrants on their torrid thrones. Without consenting to their eccentricities, sick sense of what is “fierce” and lack of ethical limits we could be free from following every scrap of advice thrown to us by this small domineering society. But perhaps the problem at large is the disturbing level of sway belonging to media and corporations on the general populace. Despite America’s blatant level of “every man for himself” no one seems to have any real sense of individuality. Relying on the news to feel informed, magazines & trends to feel accepted/normal, television for entertainment and technology to replace human interaction, considering most people have no idea how to function without a gadget in their hand. Yes in many ways the advancement of civilization operates as a hinderance. Technology has rendered us incapable of commonalities like social skills and etiquettes.



[i] OttawaAC. Wikipedia. 22 November 2011. Web. 11 December 2011

[ii] Wikipedia. 30 November 2011. Web. 11 December 2011

[iii] Belz, Leigh. “Teen Sleep.” Teen Vogue March 2007: Print.

 Belz, Leigh “k.(teen sleep).” Teen Vogue. Condoe Nast Publications, Inc 2007. AccessMyLibrary. 17 Oct. 2010 http://www.accessmylibrary.com

[iv] Chen, Ava ” Sun Daze.” Teen Vogue June/July. 2006: 95+. Print.

[v]  Tyler Shields.com. Web. 9 December 2011

[vi] Joiner, Whitney. “the social network.” Teen Vogue Nov. 2011: 127+ Print.

[viii] Shields, Tyler. http://www.tylershields.com/. JM Parsons, 2011. Web. 11 December 2011

[vix] Accentuatethenegative.wordpress, Web. 11 December 2011

One Response to “Dirty Laundry”
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