The October Issue

Fashion is a general term for a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion refers to a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style with which a person dresses, as well as to prevailing styles in behaviour. Fashion also refers to the newest creations of textile designers.” – Wikipedia

I was wondering what to start here with and then I remembered that every college essay must begin with defining the problem properly. Not that it is a college essay, but it still seemed like a good point of reference. So where else to look it up if not The Wonderful Wikipedia? I imagined that a definition of fashion would include every key word that comes to my mind when I hear “fashion”: haute couture, brands, models, visionary editors, magazines, photoshoots, the creation process… Imagine my disappointment, when I found out that according to the Internet dictionary, it was just what we wear and they we do it. And then it hit me – of course it is. My definition of fashion was a definition of the entire industry, but if we think about it – at the end of the day it really does come down to “just what we wear and the way we do it”. That simple.

During my junior year at high school somebody planted the idea of checking out which superstars were born the same day we were born. I didn’t care about the superstars, but I modified the idea a little bit – I found out who was on the cover of every Vogue Magazine around the world for the October 1991 issue. And I liked what I found!

For Vogue US posed Michelle Pfeiffer, allegedly the only woman in the world whose face is perfectly symmetrical (probably no longer, due to the botox overdose…). For Vogue France – Ines de la Fressagne, who I had never have heard about before, but her name sounded very royal to me (and also later I read that she was the first model ever to sign an exclusive contract with haute couture mecca, Chanel).  Not bad either.

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On the cover of Vogue Italy – Shana Zadrick, shot by Steven Meisel himself. If I didn’t present a photo of her below, I would describe her as Alessandra Ambrosio and Eva Mendes cumulated in one person – just too good to be true…

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Czech model Daniela Pestova appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia:

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And for both Spanish and German edition posed no one else, but Christy Turlington herself. What kind of good energy do you need to have around you to get two Vogue covers in one month? She certainly knows the answer to that question.

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And the last cover I found, is my favourite among those I presented. The picture taken by Patrick Demarchelier sounds promising enough, and with the one and only, divine Linda Evangelista as a model it must have been an amazing cover! Linda once said “We don’t Vogue. We are Vogue”. Well, I guess if you get the Vogue cover as often as kids get chicken pox in the kindergarden, you may have the right to sound a little arrogant from time to time… and still be beyond any questions whether you’re right.

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That’s it. Those are the superstars from my month of birth, and I know I’m reading too much into it (Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, along with other top models of those times like Helena Christensen or Naomi Campbell, were constantly on the covers of fashion magazines, sometimes even for a few times in a row). But it seems like a good sign and gives me a great deal of confidence that one day I can be successfull in this weird industry as well, one way or another… 🙂

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