COVID-19: Vogue Italia reacts to coronavirus devastation with a blank cover; signifies hope for a brand new story waiting to unfold


 COVID-19 or coronavirus, as it is widely known, has a lasting effect on the entirety of the world. Recognizing the same, Vogue Italia scarped their original April edition and released an all-white cover to signify  hope, pay respect to the devastation caused and instil faith in a better, brighter tomorrow. 

The editor himself, Emanuele Farneti released a statement, " White is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin."


The Vogue Italia April Issue will be out next Friday 10th. “In its long history stretching back over a hundred years, Vogue has come through wars, crises, acts of terrorism. Its noblest tradition is never to look the other way. Just under two weeks ago, we were about to print an issue that we had been planning for some time, and which also involved L’Uomo Vogue in a twin project. But to speak of anything else – while people are dying, doctors and nurses are risking their lives and the world is changing forever – is not the DNA of Vogue Italia. Accordingly, we shelved our project and started from scratch. The decision to print a completely white cover for the first time in our history is not because there was any lack of images – quite the opposite. We chose it because white signifies many things at the same time. White is first of all respect. White is rebirth, the light after darkness, the sum of all colours. White is the colour of the uniforms worn by those who put their own lives on the line to save ours. It represents space and time to think, as well as to stay silent. White is for those who are filling this empty time and space with ideas, thoughts, stories, lines of verse, music and care for others. White recalls when, after the crisis of 1929, this immaculate colour was adopted for clothes as an expression of purity in the present, and of hope in the future. 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.” #EmanueleFarneti @EFarneti #imagine #FarAwaySoClose #WhiteCanvas --- Read the full Editor’s letter via link in bio. Full credits: Editor in chief @Efarneti Creative director @FerdinandoVerderi

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Participating in the creation of the magazine during the global lockdown, a range of fashion designers, such as Dior's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Miuccia Prada, Valentino's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele and Stella McCartney amongst the many others. 

The feature included a contribution from Steven Klein, David Sims, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Joe McKenna, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Collier Schorr, Glen Luchford and Paolo Rovers to name a few. 

This cover marks the first-ever of its kind in the history of magazines; what are your thoughts? 


(SOURCE: WWD; Instagram)