There’s no denying that 2020 was one of the most challenging years in living memory, but it was also a period of burgeoning creativity. In the fashion industry alone, designers rallied together to create masks and PPE for doctors and nurses; they innovated alternative ways of producing and presenting their collections, reimagining the traditional fashion show format—largely unchanged for more than a century—through digital, AR, film, and Zoom. In the midst of the crisis came a swell of togetherness alongside the willingness to disrupt and question the way things have always been, with a sense of awakening spreading far beyond fashion to include politics, science, pop culture—everything.
Historically speaking, times of hardship often give way to a renaissance of sorts as people seek out new solutions to both the new and pre-existing challenges we face. For our March issues of Vogue, we decided to unite and explore this notion, using our global platforms to celebrate the courageous artisans, innovators, and big thinkers who believe in a brighter, fairer future for all.
“This year, all 27 global editions of Vogue are proud to dedicate our March issues to creativity,” says Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief and global editorial director, Vogue and global chief content officer, Condé Nast. “With so many reasons to be optimistic about a brighter future, Vogue thought what better way to celebrate than to focus on creatives all across the globe—whose glorious and gorgeous, inclusive and joyful images offer an inspiring look at the world of fashion today.”
Published in 21 languages and available throughout February and March, Vogue’s 27 global Creativity Issues shine a spotlight on the most exciting creative talent working today, bringing together some of the fashion industry’s biggest names. Featuring country-specific portfolios of the brightest young stars in fashion, music, art and film, alongside inspiring editorials and extraordinary fashion, each issue is a celebration of those who encourage us to look at life in a new way.
“Fashion, more than ever, remains one of the most beautiful territories for creative expression,” says Emmanuelle Alt at Vogue Paris, whose issue celebrates creativity through the decades, from Pierre Cardin to Christopher John Rogers. At Vogue Italia, Emanuele Farneti and team want to “remind everyone that ideas, and beauty, truly can move mountains.” “For Vogue Taiwan, creativity is the drive to always walk a step ahead and imagine what others have not yet imagined,” says Leslie Sun.
From models photographed by 3D scanning cameras to artist-designed covers, visionary photography and thought-provoking essays, each issue is a unique collectible with the theme further explored across digital and social.
As British Vogue’s Edward Enninful concludes: “From the designer finding new, collaborative ways of working, to the gifted photographer with the extraordinary backstory and curator making waves, to the next big things in art, music, cinema, tech and beauty, it is a promising roll call.”