Ian Talbot: Retrospective – FCUK :: The Style Guide
Chapter XXII of the ongoing series Ian Talbot : Retrospective by British fine art photographer Ian Talbot.
FCUK :: The Style Guide
© Ian Talbot
“How should one dress? Fashionably. When is one fashionably dressed? When you draw least attention to yourself.” Adolf Loos
In matters of style Loos may well have had a point. The quote is also very much “of it’s time”. But if we are talking about fashion here, there’s a whole other side to the matter. Fashion is MEANT to be trivial, fun, irreverent etc. It’s also INTENDED to draw attention to oneself and “fashion” need make no apology for that. Of course it’s also a whole lot of other less trivial things too but that’s an argument for another day.
For me the particular image shown here, taken from my “Style Guide” series, sort of sums up the whole trivial, fun factor in fashion, especially for the young. A simple, not particularly expensive pair of jeans (which as a garment is something of an iconic statement in itself) the label on the button, representing “French Connection UK”, says it all. It is about as effective a summation of the fun loving, devil may care irreverence of youth as I can think of. As I say, fun but not particularly offensive to anyone and utterly devoid of any serious meaning as a statement. Perfect in fact.
The image itself is about as simple as it could be too and, I hope, entirely in keeping with the spirit of the subject. Incidentally, this image, as the others in the series, is in no way “fashion photography” per se. It’s art. But you already knew that, didn’t you…