After Vogue Italia's latest cover with Adriana Lima received endless comparisons to a cover from February 2003, I thought it fitting for us to reflect back for this week's flashback series. The February 2003 cover of Italian Vogue features model icon Linda Evangelista. The Canadian beauty is photographed by Steven Meisel (Linda and Meisel being the ultimate fashion dream team), wearing Blumarine whilst donning some sporting equipment for the sports themed cover story. Evangelista is styled by Jason Farrer.
We get more of the cover shot inside the issue and Meisel gives us a 10-page fashion shoot with Linda working her modeling magic. It's these type of conceptual shoots where the research and planning are evident from the start. Linda portrays a range of sports such as archery, motorbike racing, cricket, hockey and fencing — all, of course, delivered with a fashion element. The editorial is wonderful and we are deprived of stories like this nowadays. (However, we are due to get a similar story from Vogue Italia's June 2014 issue.)
Craig McDean, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Nataniel Goldbergh and Paolo Roversi all photographed fashion stories for the issue. For February, it's rather heavy — 502 pages to be exact.
Take a trip down memory lane and check out "Sporting Linda" by Steven Meisel, as well as the rest of the contents inside the thread here.