THE IT: The September issues

Vogue, September 2010 and September 1993. Story by Laura deCarufel. Photography by Petra Thomas-Grainger.

Fashion’s great machine plows ahead, occasionally looping back to reference itself. I was reminded of this in the most exciting way last week when I found the first Vogue that I ever bought. The issue was September 1993, the cover model was Linda Evangelista, the photographer, Steven Meisel. The fall fashion statement? A crushed velvet coatdress by Ralph Lauren.

I was 13, on a family vacation in the Finger Lakes, when I impulsively picked up the magazine at Wegmans. By the time we were home, I was a goner. I memorized the spreads, the names of the photographers and stylists, the way the magazine used language to create an impossibly alluring world that seemed (almost, almost) attainable. I fell in love with fashion through that September issue.

Seventeen years later, another September issue is on the stands. Looking at the two magazines side by side, I was struck by how much they have in common. From velvet dresses to pastoral blondes, the following 10 spreads provide the proof.

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TOP 8: The ’90s supermodels

Who was more fun than the Trinity? Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington shot to fame in the ’90s, and, with the help of photographers like Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh and Arthur Elgort, quickly became the faces of fashion. Along with their million dollar paycheques, they earned a rep for glamorous debauchery—Linda and Christy were snapped frolicking on a swing in a New York nightclub; Naomi dated controversial stars like Robert DeNiro and Mike Tyson.

Eventually their superstardom eclipsed what they were selling (“We don’t vogue, we are Vogue,” Evangelista told a reporter), and a new era of models marched in. The Trinity, along with their peers—Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer—still mattered, but they were no longer the only game in town.

But lately the original supers have been making a comeback. The latest example? Christy Turlington stars (with Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova) in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2010 ad campaign. That inspired us to create the following photo gallery of our top supermodel pics. There is an amazing pool to choose from, so we’ve had to add some qualifiers. So here it is: These are our favourite 1) black and white photos of 2) ’90s supermodels, 3) in which they are posing together. (Phew.)

Ready?

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