The covers of Harper's Bazaar, always in competition with Vogue to be the header insignia of the fashion world, often go unnoticed. However, Bazaar has covers that impress me quite a lot, there is just something special about them, mythical - maybe they have a less transgressive point than Vogue (which have always been a little more grotesque and insane) but still astonishing anyway, though the actual image of Harper's Bazaar is highly conventional. I tend to agree with the general amazement caused by series of covers starring actresses, singers and influential people in general in US' Vogue, directed by Anna Wintour and preferably photographed by Testino; but American Bazaar's have always caused even more amazement to me, looking like one of those cut-out doll books... with a young lady in the foreground on a white background or a breathtaking scenery clad in strange clothes, bizarre headdresses and such...
Bazaar has undoubtedly a fabulous photographic archive. Featuring a large amount of iconic women such as Kate Moss, dressed in an incredibly excessive red dress with her hair fabulously pushed back, Madonna, Uma Thurman and Nadja Auermann with impossible close-ups, Audrey looking innocent as ever with another impossible close-up, Linda Evangelista dressed in a lovely and puffy yellow prom queen-esque dress, Demi Moore wearing a pair of those Alexander McQueen impossible high heels feeding a giraffe (as you do), a lanky and insolent Lauren Bacall leaning against the wall of the Red Cross office, staring directly at the camera - a cover that quickly catapulted her to success -, an ultra-feminine and delicate Jennifer Lawrence; and the list goes on and on.
Covers without rhyme or reason, too, but stunningly marvelous. What a blast.
Which cover is your favourite?
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