(All Harper's Bazaar images by Luigi & Iango)
Madonna is no stranger to Harper's Bazaar, having posed memorably for the magazine numerous times inside and out since her debut, in a series of ungodly-cool Francesco Scavullo shots in November 1984 (pictured at right).
Now, Madonna has been granted the cover of the magazine's 150th-anniversary issue, and she uses the opportunity to vamp for the very first time for Luigi & Iango. The shots are pure Madonna — black-and-white images, a garter belt, sheer material, plenty of skin — and even recall a couple of shoots from her past (her “Deeper and Deeper” music video, some odd Miami shots I've never been able to place, her Rolling Stone spread from 1991 that time she spoke with Carrie Fisher).
I thought of this mysterious shot, from a social occasion around 1995, when I saw the first pic in the Bazaar gallery. (Credit unknown)
But they still manage to be fresh. New and classic, they are just the right approach for an anniversary issue of one of the most influential fashion mags in history featuring one of the most influential fashionable icons.
In her interview with Difficult Women and Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay, Madonna speaks a lot about time.
Gay gets her to confirm her next big project, a movie she co-adapted from the novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, and that she will direct. The story is about a woman navigating three lives across three eras, including a woman living in the '80s with her gay twin brother, who is dying of AIDS. Madonna refers to it as “an extremely timely story to tell.”
Choice quotes follow ...