Moodboard Mondays: Exploring the Male Gaze in Art and Fashion

This editorial concept is not for the faint of heart. It’s an emotionally charged, difficult, controversial subject, but that’s precisely what makes it so compelling. In art it’s laughably commonplace to see women undressed and exposed to the male gaze. Arguably, this could summarize nearly the whole of Western art. Art is essentially the appreciation of beauty, and beauty is almost always embodied by a woman, while the appreciator is typically male. This creates an interesting visual dynamic and opens the possibility for an incredible editorial narrative. Cultural critic John Berger perfectly captured the complexity of this concept when he wrote, “You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, then you put a mirror in her hand and called your work Vanity, thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.” There’s so much potential in this! We’ve given you the rough outline, now go and create something totally original!!

Atelier de Jules Toulot, place de Jaude à Clermont-Ferrand
Ed van der Elsken, Self-portrait with Ata Kandó, Paris, 1953
Shadow, New York City, 1966 by Lee Friedlander
YSL Ad playing on the male gaze concept, featuring Stella Tenant
André Derain in his studio with a model in 1924.
Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait in Mirrors, 1931. Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

Chris Von Wangenheim Vogue Paris December 1973
Mirror by photographer Laura Williams
Strip by Jemima Stehli
“Mannequin” by Hans Mauli, 1959-64
Artist John Stezaker
Cotto Mercuro B, Untitled, 2010
Lips, 1960, by Melvin Sokolsky
Daido Moriyama Shibuya
Artist John Currin bt Annie Leibovitz for the December issue of Vogue

Natalia Borecka

Natalia is the editor in chief and publisher of Lone Wolf Magazine. She founded the publication in 2012.

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