The 10 most controversial fashion campaigns

The 10 most controversial fashion campaigns

Andrea Tuzio · 2 weeks ago · Style

The fashion world has always made provocation, transgression and breaking the rules a strong point. Challenging conventions and consequently provoking controversy is almost the order of the day.
The campaigns of fashion houses have often been accused of exasperation and exaggeration, of provocation to the limits of decency or irresponsibility.

So we decided to put together the 10 most controversial campaigns in the fashion world.

Tom Ford Fragrance For Men – Terry Richardson 2007

This 2007 advertising campaign shot by Terry Richardson dedicated to Tom Ford‘s first men’s perfume, has been the subject of much criticism and has been banned in many countries around the world.

Sisley – Terry Richardson 2001

The famous 2001 Sisley campaign, once again shot by the controversial photographer Terry Richardson, was banned because of his daring and driven imagination.

United Colors of Benetton “UNHATE” – 2011

In the foreground the kiss on the mouth between Joseph Ratzinger and the Imam of the Cairo Al Ahzar mosque, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, for the campaign signed United Colors of Benetton “UNHATE”. The reaction of the Vatican arrived within a few hours, defining the photograph “unacceptable”, the company removed it also because the giant picture of the kiss was posted on Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome, very near St. Peter’s.

Gucci “Public Enemy” – Mario Testino 2003

The campaign shot by one of the most important and revered fashion photographers of all time, Mario Testino, starring model Carmen Kass showed Gucci‘s “G” on Kass’s groin and was censored amid many controversies.

United Colors of Benetton – David Kirby’s Final Moment 1992

The photo that Luciano Benetton and his consultant Oliviero Toscani chose for the 1992 campaign to sensitize public opinion and especially young people to the AIDS, which in those years claimed millions of victims mainly for lack of information and awareness of the real danger of the syndrome, is harsh, crude and highly controversial. This photo taken by David Kirby changed forever the perception of AIDS all over the world.

Miu Miu – Spring/Summer 2015

Taken by Steven Meisel the Miu Miu SS15 campaign was labeled “irresponsible” because it showed what could be mistaken for a little girl in a sexually suggestive pose. The model of the photograph is Mia Goth who at the time of the shot was 22 years old but, despite the age of the protagonist, the campaign was withdrawn.

United Colors of Benetton – 1992

The union Benetton/Oliviero Toscani made a lot of discussion during the 18 years of partnership and in 1992 the Milanese photographer chose the theme of the death penalty for the company’s campaign. A photograph of an empty electric chair to raise public awareness of a problem unfortunately still unresolved.

Sisley – Terry Richardson 2003

The Brazilian super model Ana Beatriz Barros photographed by Terry Richardson in 2003 for the Sisley campaign was opposed and finally banned because of the provocative and sexually explicit imagery inherent in the shot.

Dolce & Gabbana – Spring/Summer 2007

Heavy criticism and cancellation for this very controversial Dolce & Gabbana campaign. The photo of the model Alessandra Ambrosio surrounded by 4 models was banned everywhere after her release in Spain also thanks to the indignation that arose because of the imagery related to rape that the shot seems to suggest.

Calvin Klein Jeans – Steven Meisel 1995

The CK Jeans campaign of 1995, shot in a wooden basement by Steven Meisel, immediately caused a stir. He accused the look of the models that seemed to be very young and photographed in sexually blinking poses with clear transparencies.

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Spidertag and the new neon mural in Sweden

Spidertag and the new neon mural in Sweden

Giulia Guido · 21 hours ago · Art

In these last months several categories of workers have found themselves forced to stop and among them certainly stand out the artists who for a long time had to put a brake on their creativity, on the desire to achieve something. 
Now, very slowly, the situation seems to resume its normal course and creatives all over the world can go back to making art. Among them, there is certainly Spidertag, who after a stop of 9 months, has returned to illuminate the streets with his neon murals from Sweden. 

In the last few days, the urban art festival “Take Tomorrow Back” took place in the town of Söderhamn and, among the artists involved, Spidertag did a lot of talking about himself with his Interactive Neon Mural #9

Since 2015, the Spanish street artist has made his way into the international art scene thanks to the discovery of a material that set him apart from all others: battery-powered neon cables.

Spidertag models the cables at will, placing them on entire facades of often abandoned buildings and then, at night, when each of them is illuminated with a different color the magic begins. 

Not to miss Spidertag’s next works follow him on Instagram

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Watch the trailer of “I Am Greta”, the documentary about Greta Thunberg

Watch the trailer of “I Am Greta”, the documentary about Greta Thunberg

Emanuele D'Angelo · 20 hours ago · Art

The documentary dedicated to Greta Thunberg is now coming out. The work is directed by Nathan Grossman from Sweden and will be premiered on Hulu on November 13, 2020.

The documentary will propose an intimate portrait of a teenager who has managed to shake the consciences of all, from ordinary citizens to politicians.
As an icon of the fight against climate change, it is impossible to forget the speech given at the United Nations Conference in 2018.

A film that went around the world, consecrating the activist, to the point of convincing Hulu to invest in making “I Am Greta”.

Not much is yet known about the documentary, but in theory, it should show us the more intimate side of the activist, highlighting how she is really dedicated to her ideals.

Waiting for the release, here is the trailer.

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Blooming Playground, Tellas’ artwork in Turin

Blooming Playground, Tellas’ artwork in Turin

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Art

As in many buildings in Turin, also inside the former Military Academy, behind Piazza Castello, there is a courtyard, a sort of secret garden. It is here that, since September 10, Tellas has been working on an artwork that aims to combine art and sport. 
Blooming Playground“, this is the title of the work created on the occasion of the reopening of ARTiglieria – Centro d’Arte Contemporanea and the start of the new edition of Paratissima 2020, which this year, with a new exhibition format, will host the works of independent artists in its spaces.  

With this intervention, Tellas, a street artist known worldwide and known for his works that manage to blend natural and landscape elements with the place where the artwork is executed, presents us again a work focused on nature. 
The basketball court of about 550 square meters has been transformed into a huge canvas and, inspired by the two maples in the center of the courtyard, the artist has created a new landscape around them. 

Blooming Playground” is a project promoted by PRS – Paratissima Produzioni & Servizi with the aim of creating a place frequented all year round, especially by young people, and where they can cultivate their creativity. Lorenzo Germark, CEO PRS said: “The choice of the artist, the naturalistic theme of the sketch and the decision to safeguard the trees are well defined choices of design direction dictated by the desire to integrate art in the urban context of the ARTiglieria“. 

PMS Basketball collaborated with the initiative, whose president Luigi Lacidona enthusiastically commented on the participation in the project, stressing the link between culture and sport: “I believe that in their diversity, art and sport share the same social value: both are able to unite people and make them feel unique feelings and emotions“. 
Among the partners there are also Elettrogruppo Zerouno and PPG Univer, the latter was fundamental for the realization of the mural as it provided Tellas with the necessary material, such as products based on special acrylic resins and micronized fillers, perfect to be used on surfaces such as asphalt.

Blooming Playground” will be inaugurated on Thursday, September 24th and will be the background for the different activities and initiatives scheduled during the year. 

Photo by Simone Di Gioia

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Lito Leaf, from a leaf to a work of art

Lito Leaf, from a leaf to a work of art

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 days ago · Art

Just one leaf and the creativity of the artist Lito Leaf comes to life and creates something extraordinary simply from nothing.

I make positive use of my concentration despite a deficit problem (ADHD), I try to commit only to my work and clipping.

There is no right or wrong way to make art. Anyone can create anything they want using any shape, medium, material, or canvas they want.
From divers diving into the abysses meeting sharks to a rhinoceros brushing its calf’s teeth to superheroes, Japanese artist Lito Leaf sculpts the most fun and unusual scenarios on its leaves.

The artist uses a very precise cutout technique, a closer examination of each piece reveals surprising details that create dreamlike and unusual narratives.

From a simple and common leaf comes out something wonderful, here is one below our selection of his most beautiful works.

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