Vogue Italia has become synonymous with Steven Meisel. After all, he has shot every cover of the magazine since 1988. His most recent editorial for the Italian glossy--titled Runway--goes way beyond the scope of photo essay and straight into photo novel. The spread is a remarkable 80 pages in length and features a colorful collage of his favorite backstage and runway candids. And they aren't the typical runway photos you see on Style.com; these are more along the lines of models falling down and throwing fits. I can look at fashion images for days, but I'm curious to know what the average Vogue Italia reader thinks about such a hefty editorial. The average reader, I'm guessing, is a 30-something Italian woman. Can an 80-page spread hold attention to the end, even when it's filled with fun images? And Lauren brought up another interesting point: how do the ad pages in this issue compare with last year's of the same month?
Subscribe to Our Newsletter
Steven Meisel Produces Identical Shoots for Vogue Italia and W--Did He Screw Over W?
Here's the deal: You may have seen the 22-page portfolio Steven Meisel shot for W's September 2011 issue. The editorial features black and white "before" and "after" shots of big-name models like Raquel Zimmermann, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson and Carolyn Murphy. The story was a big get for the mag, considering Meisel had never worked with W before. Thing is, Meisel produced a strikingly similar editorial for Vogue Italia's August issue. WWD noticed the nearly identical spreads, and has it from a source that Meisel may have financed the Italian Vogue shoot on W's dime. Neither W nor Steven Meisel has commented on the issue, however a fallout--or at least a fault line--is bound to happen soon.
Loewe's Latest Ads Feature Steven Meisel Photos From 1997
Jonathan Anderson gets the ultimate fashion #TBT.
Steven Meisel Pays Homage to Cecil Beaton
New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. In this week's lesson, Steven Meisel takes on an iconic Cecil Beaton photograph.