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Suicide Notes

June 13, 2013 by annie

Christian Siriano coat, vintage dress

“And now, in keeping with Channel 40’s policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you’re about to see another first – an attempted suicide.” Those were the final words of anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck before she shot herself in the head during a live news broadcast on WXLT-TV.

While Chubbuck’s suicide was public in a horrible way, suicides more often tend to be the quiet culmination of years of internal struggle. As Virgiania Wolfe writes, “Dearest, I feel certain that I’m going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times.” This Vice photoshoot imagines those quiet moments in a way that is both disquieting but eerily beautiful.

Some might find this shoot distateful, and I am not one to disagree, so I apologize if it offends- but time and these women’s words has written their deaths into history.

Last Words
Annabel Mehran for Vice Magazine

VIRGINIA WOOLF, 59
Died: March 28, 1941
(Lewes, England)
Cause Of Death: drowning

Suno jacket

IRIS CHANG, 36
Died: November 9, 2004
(Los Gatos, California)
Cause of death: gunshot to the head

The Row shirt, jacket, and pants, vintage necklace

CHARLOTTE PERKINS, 75
Died: August 17, 1935
(Pasadena, California)
Cause of death: suicide by chloroform

Ruffian jacket, vintage Christian Dior skirt, vintage rings

DOROTHY PARKER, 73
Died: June 7, 1967
(New York, New York)
Cause of death: natural causes, despite several unsuccessful suicide attempts, the first in January 1923, at age 23, by slitting her wrists

Suno dress, Chloƫ Sevigny for Opening Ceremony x Bass shoes

SANMAO, 47
Died: January 4, 1991
(Taipei, Taiwan)
Cause of death: hanged herself with a pair of tights

Vivienne Tam dress, Erickson Beamon necklace; Look From London tights

SYLVIA PLATH, 30
Died: February 11, 1963
(London, England)
Cause of death: carbon-monoxide poisoning

Issa dress, Morgenthal Frederics glasses, Jenni Kayne shoes

ELISE COWEN, 28
Died: February 1, 1962
(New York, New York)
Cause of death: self-defenestration

 

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