Is Vogue Italia Due for a Shake Up?
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Join Date: Feb 2009
However, I'd never suggest that Meisel needed to be replaced because I don't think there's another photographer that could be so consistently good over such a long time like him.
I totally agree with this point, when I was going through my memory bank I could not think of another photographer who could "replace" Meisel, however I don't necessarily think that the vision has to be set by one person and if it does, that person need not be a photographer. However if the Creative Director (CD) happens to be a photographer, s/he will not be tasked with shooting all of the covers and main eds. In fact I have three names in mind for the CD position and Steven Meisel is one of them.
I know that putting forth my preferences / vision for
is rather indulgent but here goes:
I remember Franca Sozzani mentioning that she has an interest in photographers, and I would like to see VI be more fashion photography and perhaps stylist driven than model and celeb driven. It is pretty much that way already but I think that it is too insular - there is a small club of recurring photographers and stylists, I happen to like that club (Aldridge, Meisel, Roversi, Sundsbo, Templer, Yiapanis, et. al.), but I would love to anticipate who photographs and styles the VI cover in the same way that we anticipate who the cover model is for other editions. And another thing, not that I think that things should get gimmicky, but I would be so jazzed if every so often something "shocking" happens and a little known fashion photographer or an unexpected choice, e.g., a commercial photographer, a designer or model, shoots an ed or even the cover.
Regarding models. I am a model-phile and I know that there was a time when VI was a tastemaker for models, but I hope that the magazine does not recapture that distinction. I don't think that super / top models or the current hot girls should be shut out, but I am fine if B or C-list
models or celebrities have a significant presence in the magazine. Note that I am referring to status and not the quality of their work, to me there are a lot of quality models who are not, never were and never will be MDC Top 10 or MDC Icons.
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