Every once in a while I re-read the magnificent Teen Vogue Handbook to learn something new. And this is exactly what I did today, at 6:40 am, trying to avoid reading more about the very (and always) chaotic Argentine politics.
Today my discovery had very much to do with Vogue's approaching 120 year anniversary: it was an interview with the Vogue editor-in-chief
Miranda Presley Anna Wintour.
She spoke about her first cover (Nov '88) and said: (below)
“It was November 1988, and starred the gorgeous Israeli model Michaela Bercu, photographed by Peter Lindberghand styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Michaela was wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross, all very , and stonewashed Guess jeans. The jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela; she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight. Not that that mattered. In fact, it only served to reinforce the idea to take couture’s haughty grandeur and playfully throw it headlong into real life and see what happened.”
"I had just looked at that picture and sensed the winds of change. And you can’t ask for more from a cover image than that."
I particularly like this (Nov '88) cover because of the message it is conveying: models are not perfect, or how the title states: "the real cost of looking good" It is always good to remember that couture does have, in fact, very unreal standards. And I have to admit, the cover is incredibly fresh and youthful, very naif yet fashionable.
According to an article by slate.com, Vogue had become rather "boring" under Grace Mirabella, the woman that had been the editor-in-chief of Vogue for the prior 17 years. Anna Wintour's first cover seems to have an especially fresh outlook, and is very fitting to set the tone for change.
La Dolce Moda
To read the article by slate.com click here
To go to vogue.com archives click here
To read more about Anna Wintour click here