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I appreciate heroin chic for what it is, or was, while taking the bad with the good. Perhaps I can't condone it being held as an ideal but I love the idea... the idea of neglected beauty.

Spike, I immediately recalled that same Gucci collection...
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Glamourizing heroine chic is just totally messed up and wrong. A frail, fragile, broken woman.....i think that is misogynistic and backwards to say this image is a thing of beauty.

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Horrible yes, but it's haunted beauty.



Whoa that was philosophical.

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If I remember correctly Versace had a sort of heroin chic campaign in the 90's

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Oddly enough, I used to adore this look:


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I found this: http://www.directessays.com/viewpap...&referal=270618
Heroin Chic


The problems that face the today's society have lead to many controversial issues. This is especially prominent when dealing with the fashion industry. For instance, the latest in thing, "heroin chic", has stirred up a large amount of tension between retailers and consumers in the United States. This shortly lived phenomenon has proven itself both deadly and profitable for all those involved. This hazard involved in the pursuit of fashion is the perfect example of how fashion influences society. Within the past two years, the issue of "heroin chic" has been mentioned with growing concern in the fashion industry. Designers are purposely portraying the lives of supermodels, such as Kate Moss and Shalom Harlow, as that of the street junkies. This trend, which is slowly coming to an end, depicts the models as being numb and sickly, instead of the beautiful people they really are. This style basically originated with the late photographer David Sorrenti. Ironically, Sorrenti died of a heroin overdose in 1996. Sorrenti's style of photography was unique. He glorified the models through making them appear as if they were on a two-week drug binge.


Kate was the Heroin Chic Queen innit.

Trainspotting influenced a lot the Heroin Chic look.
I remember a documentary showing how Calvin Klein was inspired by this movie.

It was a morbid trend but beautiful too. It appeals to our morbid, dark side.
People have always been drawn to death and pain in art , think of The Flowers of Evil by Baudelaire, of the religious paintings of martyrs ect...
Heroin and drugs in general have been used in art and by artists.
The addiction and emotionnal dependency appeal to the public.
It's a haunting, dark romantiscm.
I wish my english would allow me to say more and better stuff .* Sigh*

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Heroin chic was alluring, no doubt. Whomever said it sparked the trend toward ultra-thin that we're still seeing today was right. But if you've ever known anyone who got into heroin for real, you know it's an evil and gross drug. Not be be all after-school special about it, heroin makes your teeth yellow, your hair stringy and thin, your skin grey, and turns you into a monster. I know this look actually did make heroin seem cool, I knew people (stupid ones, IMO) who got into it. Some got out alive, some didn't. But the ones who are still around have to live with chronic illnesses like Hep C and epilepsy as a result of their needle abuse. Nothing glamourous about that.

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I think the whole allure of heroin comes from that while it is gross and horrible - looking into the pinpoint eyes of someone who just shot up is one of the scariest thing you can see - it is also the strongest feeling of calm and happiness that one can hope to achieve. To some people that feeling is irresistable because of the turmoil inside.

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Originally Posted by Stig Of The Dump
A lot of you need to grow up and start not being pricks

What and who do you mean by that? I don't think that ANYBODY in this post had even half appeared to be a prick. I actually think that a lot of people have shared their true feelings on a delicate issue, in fact.




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Horrible yes, but it's haunted beauty.
definitely, in the same way as a barren landscape is beautiful. its a ghostly, supernatural look and i guess it captures the imagination.

i personally find the human body fascinating and i like the hard lines formed by bones. i know its not healthy and its disturbing to see people do that to themselves but i am kindof morbidly captivated by that look,

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The thing that people really need to remember with heroin chic is that it's a glammed up version of addiction....as someone else mentioned, true heroin addicts are hardly attractive people.....I think it really came out of the need for something new back in the early 90's. Fashion and pop culture were consumed by images of high octane glamour and perfection through out the whole supermodel trend, heroin chic was really the antithesis of that, it was dark and dangerous and in a very, very weird way, a good thing.

The supermodels were these glamazons with ample curves, perfect skin, perfect hair...perfect everything. Imagine how the skinny, glangly, flat chested girls would feel being told that this is what you should look like. Girls like this suddenly had a feeling of being beautiful......I'm not really sure if I explained myself well enough but my thinking is really this, for all of those girls who did fit the heroin chic mold it was a chance for them to feel beautiful which, as I said, is kind of the very small silver lining to the cloud of heroin chic.

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I haven't read any post in this thread that exhibits the slightest semblance of immaturity or insensitivity, Stig of the Dump. Care to elaborate?

I like the heroin-chic look. Personally, I don't look at it so much as a glamorization of addiction as much as it is a preference for the overall look of fraility and solemnity.

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im too young to have lived for it. but here are some of my findings and id love it if you could id the models. thanks!




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When I was doing my vintage fashion mag research last year I find that the 1970s had a rather subdued heroin chic wave. It was basically limited to 1970-73 and was most apparent in Vogue Paris....and it makes sense. The 1990s had River P but the early 70s had Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and other famous people dying from heroin ODs all over the place....

Here's a shot from a 1971 Paris Vogue, incidentally shot by Terry Richardson's father Bob.
That's a great scan, thanks for sharing it!!! Your research seems to have yielded some pretty interesting finds...I would love to see more of your vintage mag scans...Maybe you could start a thread!

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Tha'd be a great idea...i have a vogue (i took from school) from 1994.

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