Posts tagged Guinevere Van Seenus

I got the new 10 Magazines last week, men’s and women’s issues. I’m quite particular about what magazines I buy for various reasons:-

1. Cost, obviously.

2. Space. I’m a serial collector so I’d rather focus my efforts than have to jostle for space with a million glossies.

3. Blogs seem to be taking over and are more effective at keeping you up to date.

4. Content. The most important factor. Quality writing. Surprising editorials.

My reading list is quite small: 10 Magazine, Butt, Monocle, Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman, Frame Magazine and The Economist’s Intelligent Life. Occasionally, I’ll but the Acne Paper but that’s it, really. Oh, and INDUSTRIE. Actually, not that small really…

Anyway Back to 10 and their amazing issue to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. I’ll be honest – I was getting quite bored with 10. It was getting a bit predictable and didn’t hold my interest as much. Nevertheless, I still bought it. The Serial Collector in me likes lining up the spines chronologically! The new issues are dedicated completely to Guinevere Van Seenus, for girls, and Tony Ward, for boys and seem to be fighting blows that will hopefully usher in a decade where the magazine returns to form. Guinevere is an amazing model who’s been quietly getting on with business for ages now. No blood diamond debacles here. It’s funny, I kind of forgot about her and then noticed her appearing in more editorials as of late. She graced the cover of the new Acne Paper and now 10 have dedicated a whole issue to her.

From the cover shot I had a feeling that this was going to be a strong issue. I like the way the lines traced through foam on her body suggest Keith Haring-esque marks on Grace Jones via Jean Paul Goude teamed with the cheesy sordidness of a Playboy centrefold. It forms part of the Mario Sorrenti piece entitled The Beauty Sitting. You’d be hard pushed to call it a fashion story as it features hardly any product but as an art piece it is incredibly powerful, striking and emotional. Above all it showcases Guinevere’s strengths as a model and Sorrenti’s mastery of the lens. No clothes. Just muse, artist and one HELL OF A VISION. The issue is worth getting just on that one shoot alone. There are so many more references you could point out but the one that rings most true is the artist Hans Bellmer. Strange, darkly beautiful and thought-provoking. You don’t come across shoots like this often.

Hans Bellmer: La Poupee 1935