Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 120th, Vogue!

Vogue has been a staple in my literary diet for as long as I can remember and Anna Wintour, always been a household name.  With Vogue's celebration of its 120th Anniversary, AW chose a few of her favorite images from the publication's history.  Of those elections, this one speaks to me the most -- it is Anna Wintour's first Vogue cover.  November 1988, Michela Bercu wearing a Christian Lacroix sweater true to the 80's baroque aesthetic and acid-wash Guess jeans -  a perfect combination of high/low fashion. Arguably, the beginning of an era..
Ever felt nostalgic for a time that wasn't yours?  

"It was so unlike the studied and elegant close-ups that were typical of Vogue’s covers back then, with tons of makeup and major jewelry. This one broke all the rules. Michaela wasn’t looking at you, and worse, she had her eyes almost closed. Her hair was blowing across her face. It looked easy, casual, a moment that had been snapped on the street, which it had been, and which was the whole point. Afterwards, in the way that these things can happen, people applied all sorts of interpretations: It was about mixing high and low, Michaela was pregnant, it was a religious statement. But none of these things was true. 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."

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