With Black, Visionaire doubled in size-and also in price. The issue was inspired by the season's all-black Comme des Garcons collection (which Bill Cunningham photographed and we got to print); by Edward Gorey's macabre cartoons (which we also got to print, sometimes as eerie backdrops for the Comme des Garcons dresses); and by artist Antoni Tapies, who was having a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art around that time (whose work we did not get permission to print). Black was about darkness, the night, shadows, and what you may or may not see when you squint your eyes. A traditional artist's portfolio case, tied with three black ribbons, provided the concept for the packaging. The die-cut letters were based on tears Stephen had made with scrap paper that enabled, once again, different first pages to peek through the cover. Bruce Weber's photograph of a cowboy in the night, Francois Berthoud's sinister fashion illustrations, and 1,500 original photo collages (yes, 1,500 were made by hand, with no two alike!) by young photographer Kristina Colovic, were among the most cherished contributions to this issue.
Limited Edition of 1500 numbered copies.
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