Fashion and the Gulf oil spill are no strangers: There are plenty of t-shirts and clothing being sold to benefit cleanup efforts and relief aid. But Italian Vogue‘s recent oil spill fashion shoot, shot by American photographer Steven Meisel, bridges the gap between fashion and environmental disaster in a totally different way. The shoot features black-clad model Kristen McMenamy lying on the coast, appearing dead and covered in oil.
Many are calling the spread distasteful – Fast Company‘s Tyler Gray wrote, “Who does this make you loathe more, BP or the fashion industry?” – but some are saying it’s not such a bad thing to keep the issue in the spotlight (even if it’s in Vogue Italy). What do you think, is the spread tacky or poignant?