"The male nude has always been something we have been fascinated by.." perhaps an obvious statement from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, but reading on into the forward of this book, the explanation opens up into a detailed understanding of why the models are featured in the way they are and why they have to look so perfect. Understanding the male form is paramount to understanding how to clothe it according to the duo.
They reference history in the Greek and Roman forms and the men appearing in the forth coming pages no longer represent the human but "archetypes of masculinity". Their choice of photographer, Peruvian Mariano Vivanco, was unconventional, an up and coming talent rather than an established figure. Listening to the creative voices in their head, they followed their heart, after giving many small projects they progressed onto a book of footballers. As the projects grew they loved the interpretation that Mariano has with his subject.
Mariano talking with Nick Sullivan in the enlightening interview, further dissects the progression, growth and understanding of the man behind the lens. When you add to this the wonderful photographs that follow, I found a greater depth to the pictures rather than "men in pants" (or not even). Just as an explanation, however brief, on the idea behind an artwork can open many more ways to interpret the piece, so does this.
Whilst we all love David Gandy on a beautiful row boat, I now appreciate a train of thought behind the image. Looking at the SS12 show in Milan this weekend, it would seem Dolce&Gabbana have not forgotten to explore the man form again, and as David Gandy appeared in mesh trunks/pants, this one time I shall appreciate him for just that.
The Roman God like form above.
The book cover below.