I first saw this story on Jezebel, where deputy editor Dodai Stewart’s sentiments are that Meisel really messed up by using the “worst environmental disaster in US history” as artistic inspiration.
At first, I agreed. But then I read the comments. And now I’m not so sure where I stand.
pendletonh comments: “Art serves the purpose of reflecting upon culture. People seem to forget that fashion is still an art form, as is fashion photography. Why is it impossible to think that this might be commentary on oil spill as a product of consumption?”
bubbly*pop adds: “If it gets the message out there and people talking who otherwise wouldn’t then I’m all for it. However, like many people have said, I too am having a hard time believing it’s an altruistic spread.”
There are a lot of other great comments, too, that I’m not including here. But let’s turn it over to you now: What do you think? And where do you stand?