Anna Wintour’s legendary first Vogue cover was an accident.
Anna Wintour’s first issue with American Vogue in November 1988 was shockingly casual-looking for its time — makeup-free faces, candid smiles, and the high-low mix of a Christian Lacroix jacket with jeans were so uncommon on newsstands in the big ’80s that the magazine’s printers actually thought it was a mistake. Indeed, this forward-thinking cover was never Anna’s intention.

The Lacroix jacket was supposed to be worn as part of a skirt suit, but model Michaela Bercu had just come back from vacation, where she’d gained a little weight. When the skirt didn’t fit, she wore her own jeans, and history was made.

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Activewear is a very recent invention — because people used to exercise naked.
No, really. The word “gymnasium” is Greek for “place to be naked” or “place to exercise” — which, in ancient Greece were synonymous anyway. (We bet naked discus was super fun to watch.)

Kind of puts the transparent yoga-pant problem into perspective, doesn’t it?

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Christy Turlington is the reason some mannequins look familiar.
In 1993, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art needed new mannequins. Those mannequins needed a face that was timeless, beautiful, and — trickiest of all — versatile enough to represent a male, female, or child of either sex. To fit this near-impossible bill, the museum chose Christy Turlington.

You can see the mannequins, created by sculptor Ralph Pucci, here. She truly has a face for the ages.

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