Fashion

Shop the Look: Fashion = Death

Fashion

Shop the Look: Fashion = Death

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN skull-print silk-chiffon scarf, $295. Buy it now.">
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN skull-print silk-chiffon scarf, $295. Buy it now.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Savage Beauty hardcover book, $50. Buy it now.">
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Savage Beauty hardcover book, $50. Buy it now.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN printed cotton t-shirt, $380. Buy it now. ">
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN printed cotton t-shirt, $380. Buy it now.
KARL LAGERFELD Karl 7 stainless steel watch, $275. Buy it now.">
KARL LAGERFELD Karl 7 stainless steel watch, $275. Buy it now.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN silver-tone Swarovski crystal skull ring, $275. Buy it now.">
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN silver-tone Swarovski crystal skull ring, $275. Buy it now.
DOLCE & GABBANA Marilyn-print cotton T-shirt, $275. Buy it now. ">
DOLCE & GABBANA Marilyn-print cotton T-shirt, $275. Buy it now.
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WILDFOX COUTURE Barbie's Insides Gypsy Hoodie, $124. Buy it now.
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WILDFOX COUTURE Shopping is my Cardio Trackies, $148. Buy it now.
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN skull-patterned socks, $80. Buy it now.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN skull-embroidered velvet slippers, $580. Buy it now.">
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN skull-embroidered velvet slippers, $580. Buy it now.
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA C'est La Vie embroidered printed crepe de chine clutch, $1,395. Buy it now.">
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA C'est La Vie embroidered printed crepe de chine clutch, $1,395. Buy it now.
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SAINT LAURENT chain-trimmed leather mini skirt, $2,690, and Grosgrain-trimmed cotton-jersey sweatshirt, $675. Buy it now.
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I am working on a book titled Fashion=Death. It’s about how the contemporary fashion industry—with its fast-forward demands of production and byproduct environmental desiccation—propels us towards death, all the while distracting us from the reality of death through the spectacle of youth, the thrill cycle of consumption, and the labor of plastic beauty. It’s about the irony that no one finds it ironic that sales of Alexander McQueen’s skull-print goods have soared in the wake of his suicide; memento mori. It’s about the relationship between power, sex, and death, which Harmony Korine captures in the ripe, tan, gun-wielding bodies of Disney princesses in Spring Breakers. It’s about how fashion figures like Karl Lagerfeld exist in the public eye as pure legacy, as if they were already dead. It’s about the imagined permanence of image and object, and the impermanence of Life. It’s about all this and more (I know you want to read it). This is that book’s mood board.