British Vogue - 11.2019

(Nancy Kaufman) #1


an interesting process, don’t you think?
I will always be intrigued by the ways in
which an idea becomes a reality. Take,
for example, how this month’s cover story
came to be.
Firstly, in early July, I was at the couture
shows in Paris. Of course, haute couture
is always a divine whirlwind of lavish
otherworldliness, but this season I was
especially struck by the collections’ stunning
sense of fantasy. A spark was lit.
Unrelated to this, a few days later
I happened to be thinking about Jourdan
Dunn, the much-loved British model and
general force for good. In these days of
improved representation in fashion, I
recalled how, in the late Noughties, Jourdan
had been one of the very few black girls
to really break through in the industry
since Naomi Campbell. (Famously, in
2008, Jourdan was the first black woman
to walk in a Prada show for 10 years.)
I started to consider all the models who
have followed her, such as Joan Smalls,
Adwoa Aboah and Ugbad Abdi. I look
around now and see all these incredible
women, a whole new generation who don’t


is such...


Above left:
Edward Enninful
with this month’s
cover star,
Jourdan Dunn.
The model is
on page 202,
and features
in A Certain
Romance (above)

  • our couture
    (page 206). Left:
    Eva Herzigová

  • who appears in
    a Juergen Teller
    shoot, on page 170

  • wears jumpsuit,
    £3,550. Belt, £475.
    Bag, £2,230. All
    Louis Vuitton

even know about that struggle, or what it
was like to be the only ethnic girl in a line-
up of 40 at a show. I thought how much
the fashion landscape has shifted and how

  • from catwalks to advertising – the black
    model is no longer so sidelined.
    Landscapes – in all senses – are crucial
    to our lives, ever-changing and unfixed.
    This is something that photographer
    Nick Knight understands well. Nick – a
    master of form, who, incidentally, has
    championed black models throughout
    his career – had expressed that he was
    keen for us to do a shoot together in the
    rolling green hills of Richmond Park,
    a place immortalised by painters such
    as Joshua Reynolds and Thomas
    Gainsborough in the 18th century. > 43

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