In April of 2014, Vogue Italia published an editorial that seemed to merge the world of high fashion and horror cinema. The photos, recalling American slashers, Italian giallos, and J-Horror, involved women fleeing from a killer and then one apparently fighting back and killing him. So why was there controversy?
Well, apparently the editorial was designed as a supportive, fashionable artistic gesture of the editors’ commitment to ending domestic violence… Or something.
So did the photos miss the mark with the message? Yeah, kind of. There’s a lot to be said about the characterization and invocation of a horror “final girl”, since she’s often distinctly known for her bravery, endurance, and ability to survive, but I can understand why some were confused and/or upset.
Still, the photos pack a punch (or stab). What do you think?