noun ( pl. same)an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull.ORIGIN Latin, literally ‘remember (that you have) to die.’
"DEATH MUST BE SO BEAUTIFUL. TO LIE IN THE SOFT BROWN EARTH, WITH THE GRASSES WAVING ABOVE ONE'S HEAD, AND LISTEN TO SILENCE. TO HAVE NO YESTERDAY AND NO TO-MORROW. TO FORGET TIME, TO FORGET LIFE, TO BE AT PEACE." - OSCAR WILDE
Fashion is not as subversive an art form as it so infamously is made out to be. Refreshingly modern stylists and photographers have taken cues from antiquity by generating their own little reminders of death, using fashion as a medium, to create impactful and intoxicating imagery that subtly wreaks of decay. Hedi Slimane, Gary Armstrong, Baldovino Barani and Alison Scarpulla (just to name a few) are revitalizing and perpetuating the humbling artistic tradition of reminding of us of life's preciousness, that we are only human, and that all that we know today will be gone tomorrow.