The new issue celebrates recent work of 49 Italian artists and an international community of collaborators
Twelve months ago, during the early days of global lockdown, Vogue Italia appeared on newsstands with a totally white cover. Intended as a sign of respect but also a message of hope for renewal, the blank cover quickly became a symbol on an international level. When curator Valentina Ciarallo encountered this powerful edition of the magazine, she independently began to explore the idea that, a year later, would become this month’s covers. “It was at the start of April,” Ciarallo explains. “I went to the newsstand to buy Vogue Italia – one of the few pleasures of that difficult period – and when I saw the all-white cover, which was so symbolic yet open to the imagination, I was spellbound. The idea was already there.” Drawing on friends and connections through the Italian art world, she began to invite artists to use the cover for what it really was: a blank canvas.
Months later, thanks to this initiative, the editorial office of Vogue Italia was presented with 49 original works of art. These pieces will be included in the magazine’s newest issue, out March 6th, as a tribute to and continuation of the possibility suggested by the original blank space.
Continuing this celebration of art and artists, the new issue also welcomes the international group of artists who have most frequently worked with Vogue Italia during these months: Falk Gernegross, Delphine Desane, Tschabalala Self, Cassi Namoda, Paolo Ventura, Andrea Rossi, Vanessa Beecroft, and Allison Zuckerman.
For us at Vogue Italia, creativity means building projects where fashion – with its power to speak to a boundless audience – is the means rather than the end. These projects make sense insofar as they convey meaning, and if possible offer a small but tangible contribution to shaping a fairer, more sustainable, and genuinely inclusive society. Since we strive to do this every month, and every day on our digital channels, this time we’ve decided to focus on, and give due credit to, creativity that is not our own, but of the magazine’s friends and collaborators.
Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti
The cover and fashion shoots are all dedicated to models who, alongside their work in front of the lens, also possess a special creative talent. Some are painters, pianists, or writers; others are actresses or photographers. They include Saskia de Brauw, Binx Walton, Lily Aldridge, Dilone, Lulu Tenney, Tao Okamoto, Julia Nobis, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Toni Smith, Jessie Li, Soo Joo Park, Benzo, and Sasha Pivovarova. Meanwhile, the iconic Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen makes her debut as a photographer with a series of poetic self-portraits exclusively for Vogue Italia.
Editor-in chief Emanuele Farneti, creative director Ferdinando Verderi, and the entire creative team at Vogue Italia continue to impress and inspire us with their humble dedication to artistry, and by maintaining such a strong platform for our creative community. The new issue is a beautiful statement of this ongoing vision – and to think it all started with a blank cover.
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