Does Drew Barrymore's Neiman Marcus Ad Reference A Famous Suicide?


From the department of this thing looks (kinda?) like that thing: Neiman Marcus says its new fall ad campaign, starring Drew Barrymore, is themed around “Old Hollywood.” “The shoot tells the story of a star’s transformation,” says the store spokesperson. Barrymore is depicted lying on a crumpled car. To some, this pose and setting suggests a very different kind of 1940s reference: photographer Robert Miles’ famous image of Evelyn McHale, who in 1947 committed suicide by jumping from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, and landed on a parked limousine. The photo of McHale, 23, was published soon after in Life magazine. It wouldn’t be the first time that fashion photography referenced suicide.

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