Venus in Furs


Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue

Freja Beha Erichsen, Iselin Steiro, Iris Strubegger, Alla Kostromichova, Andrej Pejic, Michael Tintiuc and Tomek S by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia November 2010

There is something really eerie about Steven Meisel’s latest editorial for Vogue Italia.  One on hand, there’s a sense of vulnerability beyond mere nudity.  And as someone pointed out, there is something quite voyeuristic about this like “the subjects were just toys for a third party observer” (Quatre Tsien).  The positioning is not awkward, but there’s a disjointedness about it (very much like positioned dolls or toys controlled someone).  On the other, this is really ethereal.  [And for any who are immature about the nudity,] I detect no sexual attraction or tension amidst naked piling.  There’s a pure beauty about this which the lighting certainly enhances.  All the porcelain skin positively glows.   In any case, Meisel certainly knows how to get us all talking with this intriguing editorial.

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