Fallen Woman

Art, when well done, is always evocative. It’s also very subjective and personal, drawing meaning and emotion from the beholder as well as the artist and, especially in the case of artist photography, the subject.

Take, by way of example, the photos below. To me they portray a beautified and romanticized vignette of the “fallen women” of 19th century London, especially those of the White Chapel district. Ethereal beauty, hope, despair, elegant style, an odd Catholicism to the fashion, and a certain tawdry sexuality combine and create a frisson that is, to me at least, very compelling.

Others would likely see the photos completely differently and within completely different contexts, but very few, I think, would see them merely as part of the fashion shoot which was their commercial purpose.

A Victorian-esque Study of Anne Hathaway
[Photography by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas]

The above are photos taken of Anne Hathaway taken in London by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas as part of a piece by Chelsea Handler of Interview Magazine. They also preview the upcoming issue of the magazine since Anne Hathaway will be on the cover of the magazine’s magazine’s September 2011 issue.

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Lovely Anachronisms

So what would it be like if one took three of DC comics super heroines and set them in Victorian England? Michael Dooney aka ~doonboy has been both talented and kind enough to give us an idea.

Victorian Superheroines – Lovely Anachronisms

Lady Zatanna, The Black Cat, and Super Girl would have looked quite different, but still quite lovely, in the late 19th Century.

Of course my opinion is heavily prejudiced. One of the things I like about the Steampunk meme is the resurgence of the sensibilities and conceits of Victorian fashion.

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