Friday, October 26, 2012

Fashion Vs. Fashion: Inspiration Vs. Imitation

Terry Richardson, Jimmy Choo, 2010

Through comparing fashion and art, I also look at fashion photographers today whose work is similar to their predecessors. Fashion photography typically represents scenes of life, most often orchestrated but based on reality. There are similar fashion photos because they are similar female scenarios. But there are photographs that have become iconic. I try to support the historic photographers and reveal that postmodern photographers of today who sample the existing lexicon. Yet fashion is less restrictive than art, it is a system of endless inspirations from other creators, from life, and without ownership. Is there ever a line between inspiration and imitation in fashion or fashion photography?

David Bailey, 1970s

More of Richardson inspired by Bailey here.

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