Dark times call for white covers! Confused? That’s the color Vogue Italia has chosen during the coronavirus outbreak that has got the world to its knees. For the first time in the history of the glossy magazine, the April edition of Vogue Italia features a blank, totally white cover. It’s certainly not the lack of content or images but the decision was taken to go blank as a symbol of a brighter future. A statement by editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti reads,” White is the color of the uniforms worn by medical workers on the front lines putting their lives at risk to save others, and a blank space for future creative endeavors. “Above all: white is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin.” Italy is one of the worst-hit countries of the COVID-19 and the magazine takes its role seriously.
However, inside readers will find a fashion feature realized in a week by 40 artists who usually collaborate with the glossy publication. High profile fashion designers such as Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Miuccia Prada, Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, Donatella Versace, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, No. 21 creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Jeremy Scott all created dedicated sketches in the magazine.