The End of a Legacy: Steven Meisel to Leave Vogue Italia?

Vogue Italia July/August 1988, cover shot by Steven Meisel

Vogue Italia July/August 1988, cover shot by Steven Meisel

While looking at the newest issues of Vogue Italia online, I noticed that Steven Meisel was not credited for taking the cover photo. Now this is a shock to me, since Meisel has shot every cover of the Italian version of Vogue beginning in 1988. 

Allegedly, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani and Meisel have been facing creative differences and decided to part ways after years of collaboration. Instead of featuring Meisel, the June installments of Vogue Italia features the work of Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Mert & Marcus, and Craig McDean for their covers.

This new chapter for Vogue Italia and Meisel leaves me pondering with the question, what’s next? Will the Italian magazine now begin to have different photographers every month, possibly even launching careers of less established photographers? Is Meisel never going to work with Vogue Italia again? Could Meisel start his own publication?  Will Vogue Italia become less artsy and avant-garde?

None of these questions have answers. Although, one thing is for sure, Meisel will continue to do groundbreaking work that will always leave a mark on fashion photography.


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