In many ways, this issue was a response to the events of the past year. For us at Visionaire, love meant going back to our roots to create an issue with a literal human touch, something hand-made with an easy, uplifting message. For our contributors, love meant many different things. Steven Meisel contributed some of the first photographs he'd ever taken, shot on the street outside of New York modeling agencies (''I love...FASHION''); photographers Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, and Peter Lindbergh gave us glimpses into their personal lives through portraits of their kids; and Tim Noble and Sue Webster gave us ''Instant Gratification'', a self-portrait in dollar bills (''CAN'T BUY Love''). LOVE also featured thousands of feathers gathered by milliner Philip Treacy, thousands of flowers curated by pop singer Kylie Minogue, and the pop group Destiny's Child sent us their favorite fan letter. There were also words of love, a first for Visionaire: original poetry and prose by Joyce Carol Oates, Kenneth Koch, Jonathan Safran Foer, and T. Cole Rachel. Each issue came with a silver heart designed by legendary jeweler Elsa Peretti. All of the artwork and tokens of love were inserted by hand into 4,000 vintage novels making each issue an actual one-of-a-kind object and a true labor of love. The issue brought us back to the first days of Visionaire, when each issue was hand-assembled on the floor of Stephen's apartment, only then of course, the hands doing the assembling were our very own.
Limited Edition of 4000 numbered copies.
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