Vice magazine had a fashion spread in which models reenacted the suicides of famous women writers. Needless to say that didn’t go over well, leading to this:
“Last Words” is a fashion spread featuring models reenacting the suicides of female authors who tragically ended their own lives. It is part of our 2013 Fiction Issue, one that is entirely dedicated to female writers, photographers, illustrators, painters, and other contributors.
The fashion spreads in VICE Magazine are always unconventional and approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one. Our main goal is to create artful images, with the fashion message following, rather than leading.
“Last Words” was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands. We will no longer display “Last Words” on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended.
I didn’t get to see it before they took it down, but Jezebel captured this fashion statement on the suicide of Sylvia Plath in 1963:
Yes, the rest of the photos, also at the Jezebel site, hurt and offend.
- Vice Magazine Removes, Apologizes For(!) Tasteless Fashion Editorial About Lady Writer Suicides (thegloss.com)
- Suicide authors are so chic in Vice magazine (standard.co.uk)
- Vice apologizes, pulls suicide-glorifying photo spread from Web (salon.com)
- Vice Quietly Deletes That Suicide Fashion Spread (jezebel.com)