The art of fashion

The Adentity team took an inspiration trip to see the beautiful exhibition: Vogue like a Painting in Copenhagen. The show highlights the relationship between fashion photography and fine arts through fashion images from the vast archives of Vogue magazine.

Created in 1892 as a society magazine targeted at New York’s upper classes, in 1905 a young lawyer and publicist called Condé Montrose Nast bought the header and transformed it into a publication that celebrated fashion, luxury and the arts. To ensure the most unique and high quality images, Condé Nast built a stable of talented up-and-coming photographers from around the world, all signed exclusively to the magazine, and gave them the creative freedom that has become an integral part of the identity of Vogue magazine and indeed, Condé Nast’s successful publishing house. This then innovative approach gave rise to fashion photography as an artform.

Like artists such as: Egon Schiele, John Everett Millais, Johannes Vermeer and Salvador Dali who inspired some of the images on display, fashion photographers have risen to become the new masters of a burgeoning fine art genre. Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Bruce Weber and Annie Leibovitz have all become respected names within fine art circles. And while the market for fashion photography hasn’t yet caught up with the masters, the over 1 million USD Richard Avedon’s 1955 ”Dovima with Elephants” for Harper’s Bazaar fetched at auction in 2010 suggests it’s just a matter of time.

Is your brand image sustainable?

For Adentity, sustainability has been an increasingly important element when planning concepts and marketing strategies for our clients for more than 15 years. So we were pleased to see that our client, Tetra Pak, has risen from 39thplace last year, to 23rdon the Swedish index of this year’s Sustainable Brand Index Official Report 2018 – the Nordic region’s largest brand study focusing on sustainability.

The independent study, which is conducted in five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Netherlands) is divided into separate country results. For the study, more than 40,000 consumers from ages 16-70 were interviewed in relation to their perception of the chosen brands in terms of sustainability. The brands featured in the report were chosen to reflect brands that the consumer meets in their everyday life, with selection based mainly on: activity on the market of the country, turnover and market share and general brand awareness.

Key findings of this year’s report are that the number of consumers discussing sustainability remains the same as last year (although the number rose slightly in Sweden), but this isn’t necessarily bad news. According to the report, the reason is that this is attributed to the perception that sustainability is no longer something strange or different, but more of an essential topic that is not always considered to be of a particularly sustainable nature. However, the second and most worrying reason is that while companies and politicians are stepping up their efforts in terms of sustainability, consumers are lagging behind. The study cites that 73% of consumers in Sweden say that sustainability impacts their buying decision, compared to only 62% in Norway.

How can we change our habits before it’s too late? Well, it’s a long (and necessary) conversation, but for a start, we can think before we buy.

To read more about the Sustainable Brand Index and obtain a copy, click here

See Adentitys work for Tetra Pak here.