Instead of having a seminar today we watched the 2013 documentary ‘Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s’. I’ll be honest, I’d never even heard of Bergdorf Goodman before this. Turns out it’s a luxury goods department store, based on 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York, and as I’ve never been to New York I feel a bit less embarrassed about being so clueless. The documentary itself featured lots of big names, from Marc Jacobs to Bobbi Brown, but my favourite person it focused on was David Hoey – a man you could tell was truly passionate about his job.
‘Photography is not just a recreation of reality – it’s a revelation’ – Paolo Roversi
Yesterday I mentioned that until recently I wasn’t all to aware of that many fashion photographers. One I now feel deserves a special mention, is Paolo Roversi. I was recently given a photograph of his to write a visual analysis essay on (though ironically it isn’t my favourite photograph of his), and when I started to delve deeper into the work he has produced, I fell more and more in love with the Italian photographer.
[Edit – This blog post was written before the allegations that have since come out against Mario Testino, and since these allegations I no longer support Mario Testino or any of his work in any way]
When one of my lecturers told everyone on my course we should all have a favourite fashion photographer Mario Testino was the first person who came to mind. Not because he was my favourite, because he’s the only one I’d ever heard of. After spending hours wondering if maybe I knew nothing about fashion, I decided to get it together and research some others. I can now proudly say Testino isn’t the only fashion photographer in my repertoire anymore, but he is quickly becoming one of my faves.
On April 10th 2017 Edward Enninful was confirmed as the new editor-in-chief at British Vogue, making him the successor to Alexandra Shulman, and quite frankly I couldn’t have been more excited. Shulman needed to go. This was an opinion I formed last year whilst watching ‘Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue’. In this two-part documentary (well worth the watch btw) she came across as cold, calculating and, to be blunt, rather clueless. Shulman was predicatable, and boring. Anyone can see the covers she’s produced over the last year have been nothing short of dull. That’s why I’m so excited about the appointment of Enninful, and this grew even more when his first cover debuted last week.
‘Fashion today is the number 2 most polluting industry on earth, second only to the oil industry.’ – Andrew Morgan.
During one of my lectures it was recommended to us that we should watch the documentary, ‘The True Cost’. It took me a few weeks to finally get round to this, something I now regret immensely. Whilst a heartbreaking and harrowing watch, ‘The True Cost’ illustrated the faults in the fashion industry that need to change, and need to change soon. Don’t get me wrong I love clothes. I love buying clothes. I love wearing clothes. I love following fashion trend after fashion trend. What I have discovered is that I don’t necessarily love the consequence of this.