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The Fashion Pose
Body Language: The Enduring Appeal of the Fashion Pose

In Pictures is a still and moving image gallery for significant works, events and places
— November 11, 2014 —






[Fig. 1] Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha and Steven Sebring
To mark the release of Coco Rocha's new book detailing 1,000 different fashion poses, we take a closer look at the enduring appeal of the iconic and ever-changing fashion pose

In 2007, Canadian model Coco Rocha opened Jean Paul Gaultier’s highlands-inspired winter collection, emerging from green smoke performing a high-octane Irish jig. American Vogue named it a 'Coco Moment', propelling the 19-year-old to supermodel status. Blurring the worlds of fashion and dance, her expressive body language quickly gained her the moniker "Queen of Pose", and her range of curves and contorted twists have featured in advertising campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Longchamp, Dolce & Gabanna and Christian Dior.
The alphabet of Coco Rocha’s body movement is presented in a new book photographed by Steven Sebring titled The Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coca Rocha [fig. 1], featuring Rocha bent in 1,000 different angles. Standing against a minimalist black background, at times she resembles a Renaissance sculpture – unsurprising given that Sebring and Rocha drew inspiration from the languid stance of early posers, Botticelli's Venus or Michelangelo's David.
Rocha toyed with the project in 2011 in a video for artist Jeremy Kost where she performed 50 poses in 30 seconds. The clip went viral,followed by 19 Jumping Poses by Tony Kim for Target in 2012.

[Fig. 2] Posturing – Poses From Fashion Media by Leanne Shapton, featuring Zosia Mamet, photographs by Gus Powell, from Women in Clothes Courtesy @anothermagazine Instagram
More recently, Zosia Mamet mimicked a series of Poses from Fashion Media [fig. 2] for Leanne Shapton, published in a new book, Women in Clothes. It's a briliantly simple idea – Mamet dressed in a unitard, working the somewhat bizarre poses exhibited by models for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Dazed & Confused and The Gentlewoman.
"The art of the pose is one that dates back centuries"
The art of the pose, or “posturing” as Shapton refers to it, is one that dates back centuries. Sebring and Rocha took inspiration from Eadweard Muybridge’s The Human Figure in Motion [fig.3], a 1907 study of over 4,000 photographs of varying positions, now thought of as an artist's essential for sketching the human form. Shapton herself was inspired by the ordered grids of German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, known for his collected, categorical approach to art-making.

[Fig. 3] The Human Figure in Motion, 1907 Photography by Eadweard Muybridge
Many models are known by their silhouette – Brigitte Bardot’s exaggerated crossed legs, Twiggy's knee-lunge, Madonna’s ‘In Vogue’ face frame – and many fashion poses are definitive of an era, from Salvador Dalí's early ballerina silhouettes to Jean Shrimpton limbs akimbo throughout the 1960s or German supermodel Veruschka’s elongated leaps.

[Fig. 4] Island Life by Grace Jones, 1985 album cover Photography by Jean-Paul Goude
Grace Jones, under the guidance of Jean-Paul Goude, challenged the boundaries of the fashion pose during the 70s and 80s with her androgynous and avant-garde contortions, in particular her famous arabesque pose for her Island Life album cover in 1985 [fig.4]. Goude admitted that the image was digitally adjusted as Grace herself was unable to perform the complex move. “Unless you are extraordinarily supple, you cannot do this arabesque,” he explained. “The main point is that Grace couldn’t do it, and that’s the basis of my entire work: creating a credible illusion.”

[Fig. 5] Dopey Fashion Poses, Sassy Magazine, 1993 In 1993, Sassy magazine – now a cult piece of 90s nostalgia — published Dopey Poses [fig.5], an editorial which poked fun at unrealistic model postures, with ironic titles including "The Hip Dysplasia” and “The Victoria’s Secret Special.”

[Fig. 6] Fashion Poses featuring Cara Delevingne, i-D Magazine, Spring 2013 Photography by Tyrone Lebon, styling by Charlotte Stockdale
Last year, twenty years on since the original article, i-D Magazine printed its own spoof parody entitled Fashion Poses [fig. 6] featuring Cara Delevingne in compromising positions including “Best In Show” and “White Girls Can’t Vogue.” The new A/W14 issue of The Gentlewoman unpicks The Language of Posing [fig.7], such as "The Crossed-Arm Pose" or "The Leaning In Pose", styled by Charlotte Collet and photographed by Andreas Larsson. Both stories are typical of each magazine's aesthetic and approach.

[Fig. 7] The Language of Posing, The Gentlewoman A/W14 Photography by Andreas Larsson, styling by Charlotte Collet, courtesy of The Gentlewoman

Another artist to mock the fashion pose is Yolanda Dominguez, who published a series of work in 2011 directly criticising society's attitude towards modelling. "A group of real women transfer these poses to daily scenes," she wrote. The collection includes a woman flexed across a park bench, or poised outside a museum queue. In 2014, for better or for worse, the body language of fashion is more influential than ever. Generation Selfie and the drive for instant imagery has birthed a catalogue of self-shot photography that has taken the fashion pose onto the street. Coco Rocha’s new book somehow walks the line between our new thirst for imagery and Jean Paul Goude’s “credible illusion," whilst reaffirming society's consuming interest in the ever-transformative fashion pose.
The Study of Pose: 1,000 poses by Coco Rocha is out now, published by Harper Collins

Words by Laura Bradley and Mhairi Graham


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The article is a bit vacuous...some sort of conclusion might provoke more comments, this way it is just a bit like - some models and pop personas romanticized the fashion poses, some artists have attempted at serious social comment using the fashion pose as a theme, now what?

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reporting on information without drawing conclusions allows the reader to draw their own conclusions so that the conversation could be about the overall topic of the fashion pose rather than the topic of whether or not they agree with the article...

*certainly- this has more potential for conversation than just saying...
"i agree with the writer" or "i disagree"...

also-it's not about critiquing the writing...
it's about discussing the topic they are pointing out...



i thought it was funny and interesting to look at and think about...
and i have to admit some disappointment about discovering the fact that the (very iconic) grace jones image was manipulated...

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the way to move.
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sorry- but i find this topic hilarious...




i just keep seeing the most ridiculous poses and i want to post them all here...
i will start doing that eventually...
i may even name them...

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omg- there's an APP...!!!

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