Does the following cover photo composition ring a bell?
Ah, the Vanity Fair cover starter pack: photographer Annie Leibovitz, a textured or colored background, Old Hollywood hair waves and a good ol’ fancy silk corset. The latest star to embody this winning formula is Amy Schumer, who models the form-fitting piece against a draped sheet on the front of the magazine’s May 2016 “Sisters” issue.
It’s a tried-and-true cover look that both Leibovitz and Vanity Fair’s fashion and style team, led by director Jessica Diehl, gravitate towards time and time again. Caitlyn Jenner‘s memorable debut in July 2015 was named best cover of the year by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Kate Upton channeled Marilyn Monroe for the magazine’s 100th anniversary issue cover in 2013, sporting a corset and a miniature birthday cake. In June 2011, Katy Perry also got the corset treatment against a floral backdrop.
In the accompanying interview article by Bruce Handy, there’s a more memorable shot of Schumer by Leibovitz, one that seemingly riffs on the famous Slim Pickens scene in 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove. Via Twitter today, Schumer thanked Leibovitz for the VF photos, as she did similarly a few months ago after her collaboration with the photographer for the 2016 Pirelli calendar was unveiled.
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Annie Leibovitz Exhibit Opens in London