“To Die For”: A Study on the Disturbing Culture of Death in the Fashion World

Sometimes, weird just gets weirder. There is something strange at work on a large scale. How many executives are involved in this, and is it a giant misunderstanding or a purposeful agenda?
VigilantCitizen.com writes:

If you’ve been reading the Symbolic Pics of the Month series on this site, you are probably aware of the culture of death prevalent in the fashion world where death, violence and dehumanization are glamorized in photoshoots. This trend has been going on for years and is so disturbing that it caused outrage at numerous occasions.

The prevalence of death culture in fashion is so noticeable that it became the subject of an article in the peer-reviewed Scan Magazine of Macquarie University, a journal that analyzes media, arts an culture.

Here is the article in its integrity, complete with references. It is a perfect in-depth complement to the material that has been exposed on Vigilant Citizen for years.

Jacque Lynn Foltyn writes in “To Die For: Skull Style and Corpse Chic in Fashion Design, Imagery, and Branding“:

Do skull style and corpse chic matter in the larger scheme of human life? Well, yes. To a degree, everyone is a consumer of fashion, one of the most imaginative, productive industries in the global economy; in the US alone, apparel and accessories are responsible for several hundred billions of dollars per annum in sales, more than those for films, books, and music, combined (Hemphill and Suk 2009). Fashion is not only a business; it is a feature of popular culture. Fashion’s thematic content is important for understanding larger trends in mass society and who we are. The fashion world has merged with a globalised death culture and made skulls, skeletons, and simulated corpses chic. But as we naively wear or gaze upon these often beautiful spectacles of death, we may forget that one day death will come for us too, and its arrival won’t be a style statement.

About the author: Jacque Lynn Foltyn, PhD, is a cultural critic, sociologist, editor in chief of a scholarly journal, and media expert shaping public discourse in a variety of fields.

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