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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
In the Blink of an Eye: Corinne Day
I was digging up some old stuff the other day and came across some old issues of The Face from waaaaay back in the early 1990s, easily one of my most favorite periods in international pop culture. I used to obsessively hunt out those British style magazines from that time period, and even today, a quick glance reveals the images and fashion produced around then to be as quietly oppositional to the usual notions of glamour that still proceed now, with a certain spirit of celebrated imperfection. British photographer Corinne Day was one of the vanguard photographers of the time period, with a certain grittiness and casual documentary quality that recalls artists like Nan Goldin, and it wouldn't be overstating it to say that without her, Kate Moss wouldn't have embarked on her path to becoming one of fashion's icons. Back then the images were embroiled in the heroin chic/waif debate, but I'm sort of struck most by how youthful everyone seems, and an evanescent quality of melancholy imbues it all. Anyway, in honor of the creeping return of Nineties influence in fashion, one of my favorite photos by Day:
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