In Italian Vogue‘s September issue, Stella Tennant is photographed in an ode to Ethel Granger, the woman once in possession of the smallest waist on earth. In the cover picture, Tennant’s waist has been cinched to 13 inches.

So what to make of this? Is it an artful recreation of a very strange and haunting woman, or a reimagining of oppressive — and dangerous — social mores?

Ah, fashion…always giving us something to think about. The magazine hits newsstands today if you want to ponder it in more depth.