VICE Makes Light Of The Suicides Of Female Writers With A Fashion Editorial

By: Rachel Krause / June 18, 2013

Fashion thrives on controversy in all of its many manifestations, but how far is too far? VICE, which has been distributing its fair share of maybe-too-much content since 1994, wants to test your limits. The free monthly magazine’s largely self-explanatory Women in Fiction issue brings us “Lost Words,” a fashion spread featuring models styled and posed as beloved female writers who have killed themselves, during the act of killing themselves. VICE has since removed the editorial, complete with fashion credits et al, from their site, but not before the story got picked up by everyone ever. Effectively driving home the point that they just Don’t Get It:

“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.”

It’s art! But also, you know, suicide. Not everyone seems all that worked up over it, with commenters over at Jezebel noting the “moving” nature of the portraits in “a purely artistic context,” but all I have to say is: couldn’t we at least have gotten a trigger warning up in here? (For that reason, I don’t wish to post any of the images here — let’s look at a young Sylvia Plath instead, she’s so lovely! — but you can still have a look at the source.) [Jezebel] [Photo: Telegraph]