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Flashback: Models of the Moment in US Vogue September 2004

Forum member A.D.C. is the reason behind this week's flashback series. September 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the fabulous supermodel multi-girl cover of American Vogue September 2004, so it was only natural I had to dig the issue out and take a look.

The issue needs no introduction as the effortlessly beautiful cover subjects speak for themselves. Steven Meisel photographed Daria Werbowy, Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, Karolina Kurkova, Liya Kebede, Hana Soukupova, Gemma Ward and Karen Elson for the celebratory fold-out cover. The "models of the moment" were styled by creative director Grace Coddington.

Flashback US Vogue September 2004 Models of the Moment Steven Meisel


An 832-page fall fashion extravaganza, this is the be-all-end-all for fashion magazines. Not only do we get a cover which is photographed by Meisel, we also see fashion images from Steven Klein, Craig McDean, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz and Arthur Elgort. Meisel even shot an editorial for the issue, where each of the cover models got a page to themselves to shine.

"About a Boy," photographed by Craig McDean, has always been a favorite story of mine. Gisele Bundchen is styled by Tabitha Simmons wearing a range of wool waistcoats, necktie silks and snap-brim fedoras from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Valentino and John Galliano. I'm always partial to Meisel, but this time I cannot deny the beauty of McDean's edit, and Gisele looks gorgeous too (but when doesn't she?).

Is this a treasured issue of yours? Do you wish we would get more covers like this? Check out the thread and familiarize yourself with the content here.