Hello, September: Magazine lovers pick the most iconic covers of all time…

September is the January of fashion magazines: A look at the five best

Updated: Sep 02, 2018 13:19:41

By Drishti Vij

Five fashion covers that have changed fashion forever

1. Indian Icon

Parveen Babi on the cover of Time magazine

Cover: Time, July 1976

“When Parveen Babi became the first Indian model and film star to be featured on the cover of Time magazine – an iconic moment for the country and its entertainment and lifestyle industry – it changed the way I perceived fashion forever.” ­­
— Tarun Tahiliani, Couturier

2. Fashion for the future

Model Michaela Bercu on the cover of American Vogue

Cover: Vogue, November 1988

“I think Anna Wintour’s first cover for American Vogue, where a bejewelled Christian Lacroix jacket was worn with a pair of jeans on model Michaela Bercu, who apparently couldn’t fit into the matching skirt, was revolutionary. She paired high-street fashion with couture 20 years ago, which is a trend that’s picking up now. I think it was ahead of its time.” ­
— Nachiket Barve, Fashion designer

3. Easy vibes

Arundhati Roy on the cover of Elle India

Cover: Elle, July 2016

“It was two years ago in June when Elle did a cover with Indian author Arundhati Roy. It wasn’t looking artificial at all. She was looking very candid and real. She was looking at ease and her personality was shining through.”
— Rina Singh, Designer and founder of Eka

4. Suits off for Pooja Bhatt!

Pooja Bhatt on the cover of Movie magazine

Cover: Movie, March 1993

“I was a teenager just discovering I had hormones when Pooja Bhatt appeared on the cover of Movie magazine wearing a tuxedo. The cover line announced: Pooja in her birthday suit! A closer look revealed the “suit” was painted on; Pooja Bhatt was just wearing a black bikini! This cover was iconic for several reasons. One, it pushed boundaries of acceptance. Two, it taught me the power of a strong cover image. And three, it was the first magazine I hid from my family! Sure, it was a rip off of a Vanity Fair cover with Demi Moore, but don’t forget: in the mid-90s most Bollywood films were copies of Hollywood movies as well!”
— Jamal Shaikh, National Editor, Brunch and New Media Initiatives, Hindustan Times

5. Fashionably real

Winnie Harlow on the cover of L’Officiel Italia

Cover: L’Officiel, September 2015

“When magazines support and celebrate beauty in all forms, that’s when I think it has really made a difference. This is the reason why when L’Officiel Italia did a cover with Winnie Harlow, who suffers from vitiligo, it was a path-breaking move for fashion and for me.”
­— Abhishek Paatni, Founder of menswear label Nought One

From HT Brunch, September 2, 2018

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First Published: Sep 01, 2018 19:29:56


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