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.
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?
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.