Anna Wintour's First 'Vogue' Cover, Now Available in Swimsuit Form

Perfect for that 1988-themed beach party you got invited to this summer.
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Perfect for that 1988-themed beach party you got invited to this summer.
See the similarity? Photos: Urban Outfitters, Vogue

See the similarity? Photos: Urban Outfitters, Vogue

I had to pause for a moment when I came across this swimsuit in Urban Outfitters's "New Arrivals" section Wednesday night. The black one-piece by Beach Riot is embellished with a large, jewel-laden cross -- and is very reminiscent of an image that's been ingrained in every fashion person's memory time and time again: Anna Wintour's first-ever Vogue cover, of course!

You might recall (or not, either way!) that, back in November in the year of our Lord 1988, a spry Ms. Wintour put Israeli model Michaela Bercu on the front of her debut issue as EIC. Featuring that now-famous, cropped Christian Lacroix haute couture cross jacket and a pair of Guess jeans (as styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele), the cover set a new precedent for high-low dressing and helped pave the way for Wintour's ultra-successful, decades-long career

Anyway, if you've ever dreamed of dressing like a blinged-out, late-'80s mermaid  and can't afford vintage Lacroix -- or if you just really, really love all things vaguely Anna Wintour-related, now's your chance. The swimsuit costs $248 and is available online only at Urban Outfitters -- or you can get it in pink at Revolve

And for anyone wondering, THIS (below) is what Vogue covers looked like in the months prior to Anna Wintour's arrival. I do believe that's a top made of teddy bears (edit: specifically, a teddy bear top made by Moschino).

Vogue, October 1988

Vogue, October 1988