For the first time in its history of over a hundred years, Vogue Italia’s April issue features a totally white cover. Titled the #Imagine issue it is a tribute to the white coats of the doctors and nurses who are saving lives in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic that continues to devastate Italy.
‘In times like this, we felt that a silent cover would speak louder than any word or image,’ explained Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti in his editor’s letter. ‘White is, first and foremost, respect. White is rebirth, light after the darkness, the sum of all the colors. White is the uniforms of those who have saved lives while risking their own. It’s time and space for thinking. And for staying silent too. White is for people who are filling this time and space with ideas, thoughts, stories, verses, music, and kindness to others. It’s a reminder that after the crisis in 1929, clothes turned white, a color chosen to express purity in the present and hope for the future. And above all, white is not surrender; it’s a blank page to be filled, the frontispiece of a new story about to begin.’
Inside the magazine, readers will discover the universal message of purity, strength, respect, and hope. More than 40 industry leaders contributed to a Fashion Feature ‘Far Away So Close’ that was realized from their own quarantines over the course of a week. The resulting images depict the widest range of emotions, that seen together create a long-distance community effort that becomes an important visual document of the times we are living.
The list of high-profile fashion personalities involved in the project are: Steven Klein, David Sims, Harley Weir, Oliver Hadlee Pearch, Emilie Kareh, Thomas De Kluvyer, Ibrahim Kamara, Charlotte Wales, Jack Davison, Max Pearmain, Laura Nash, Tyrone Lebon, Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, Joe McKenna, Chris Simmonds, Larissa Hoffman, Drew Vickers, Tyler Mitchell, Roe Ethridge, Brianna Capozzi, Haley Wollens, Bella Hadid, Collier Schorr, Carlos Nazario, Ryan McGinley, Gigi Hadid, Sebastian Faena, Gray Sorrenti, Michael Bailey Gates, Glen Luchford, Paolo Roversi, Arnaud Lajeunie, Suzanne Koller, Ezra Petronio, Talia Chetrit, Andrea Artemisio, Petra Collins, Paloma Elsesser, Francesca Cisani, Willy Vanderperre, Olivier Rizzo, Rianne Van Rompaey, Isamaya Ffrench, Lindsey Wixon Young, Cyndia Harvey, Josh Olins, Stephanie Waknine and Paolo Ventura.
The April 2020 issue of Vogue Italia is available for download free of charge on the Magazine’s website.