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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Mesmerizing Monotonous Mannequins

Do you get off on hypnotic single-camera, long-take television? During Fashion Week in NYC, a local station broadcasts three hours a night of runway shows. It's highly addictive. As models march trancelike, the camera follows them in a zen-like, exact pattern. Wide shot, zoom in as the model reaches the runway's end, zoom out as she turns away. The camera never breaks away. No cutaways. No voiceover. And this goes on for 15 to 20 minutes. It's mesmerizing. It's monotonous. It's refreshing. (By the way, the above images are from shows for Betsey Johnson, Gwen Stafani for L.A.M.B., and Oscar de la Renta.) (Images via New York Magazine online)