VOGUE'S SEPTEMBER ISSUE: THE BLACK HISTORY
This is fashion’s most important month. This is fashion’s most important publication. This is music’s most powerful woman. Beyonce Knowles is the COVER GIRL of Vogue’s September 2015 issue.
A whole documentary was dedicated to the production of this issue back in 2007, followed closely by an iconic scripted version and countless interviews and explorations into what being in-Vogue means. Many may still wonder and analyse and assume then what it means to be on the cover. Even after answering that, only three black woman in the world can answer to what it means to be on a SEPTEMBER ISSUE of Conde Nast’s Vogue magazine.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell broke ground in 1989 when photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for the Vogue September issue making history as the first black woman ever to make that all important cover.
In 2010 Movie Star Halle Berry stood in front of the lenses of Mario Testino in a sharpe Wintour-esque bob for the Vogue September issue cover making her the second black woman in history to do this.
Now, only five years later Performing Artist Beyonce Knowles lands the coveted September 2015 issue of Vogue Magazine.
What do we want from the glamorous, powerful women we call divas or icons or cultural forces? We want them to want—and in our names get—everything they possibly can. Success in work and love. Sexual pleasure. Money and power. We want them to embody multiple fantasies. We want them to make us believe that exciting realities are just around the corner.
It used to be that the great pop stars with fashion and style gave us small variations on one grand theme. Tina Turner: minidresses and honey tresses. Janis Joplin: boas, bangles, and bell-bottoms. Cher: spangled striptease getups with mythic Third World touches. Nowadays fashion isn’t about the grand theme, it’s about juxtaposition, and it’s filled with allusions to movie and art history; to music and dance styles; to iconographies of race and ethnicity, religion and gender. Madonna opened the door to this collage approach. Today we see it in the wigs, masks, and sculpted costumes of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the restless dazzle of Rihanna’s couture choices. And, of course, in the music, dance, decor, and looks of the ultimate streamed collage: Beyoncé.