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Italian Vogue’s “All Black Issue”

Posted in Fashion Forensics with tags , on November 30, 2008 by horrorbot

Italian Vogue made headlines this year with it’s “All Black Issue”, featuring only black models. It became their most popular issue ever- even warranting a reprint.

No matter how “fashion forward” this step was, there are those who think this issue still brings race issues to light. This is evident in the ads. Consider this website Haute Concept, as they count ad space in this issue.

  • 75 ads total
  • 3 ads featuring black models
  • 152 ad pages
  • 12 ad pages of black models

What do you think of in response to a magazine doing an “All Black Issue”?

Refer to the website to see the advertiser’s take on the subject.
What kind of “issue” do you think this brings up?

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White, Black and Yellow…What a colorful world?

Posted in Fashion Forensics, Forensics, images with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2008 by yskid

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Do you see any problem in these three Moschino ads?

Don’t the nonwhite versions of the ads lacking in diversity compared to the white models? (although the white models also lacks in diversity in the hair colors.)

The White:

  • Only blond but different hair styles
  • Black and hounds-tooth check clothes
  • Pink and yellow tights
  • Yellow gloves
  • A pink-color bag (dog shape)
  • One wearing red shoes
  • one wearing peace-mark tank-top
  • one has darker complexion than others
  • The logo color is pastel green

The Black:

  • The same black Afro hairdos
  • Black, black and white, and dark red clothes
  • Black tights
  • Black and dark red gloves
  • Black and dark red shoes
  • All have the same dark complexion
  • One model is naked and wears only red high heels with smile
  • The logo color is black

The Yellow:

  • The same black short-bobbed hair
  • Yellow clothes
  • White tights
  • A gold glove visible
  • A silver bag
  • All have the same light complexion
  • The logo color is black

While the white models version has contrasting color varieties in their clothes, the others have very limited color contrasts. What is this message? Why does a black model has to be naked? and with a smile??? Why Asian models have to wear yellow? (because they have “yellow” skins!?) What are the connotations of these ads? There are so much to say about the stereotypes of each race/ethnicity that the ads are employing and taking benefit from them. In addition, this campaign lacks in representations of other race/ethnicity, right? This is one aspect of the fashion advertisement right now.

Mission:
Level: Hard

  • Find fashion ads featuring models as necessary as possible, and construct a mosaic or spectrum image of American fashion advertisement. Then, explain your criteria of your work. You should be posting your finished work with your commentary to this blog under “Fashion Forensics.”
  • The proportion of each race/ethnicity should represent the finding of all of your ads. Therefore, you should not be looking for what you want to see but what you can find from the large pool of the fashion ads.
  • You should be deconstructing the images and reorganizing them by paying particular attention to race/ethnicity. Therefore, you should be thinking about conventional and unconventional images of each race/ethnicity when you deal with each ad.
  • Be creative about how you construct your work. You should look at the models’ appearance and features, but you should also look at clothes, makeup, color usage, accessories, and etc., and think about what they mean and symbolize.