FASHION

Photos: Strange Magic

In 40 years of covering fashion’s cutting edge, we’ve seen unique, eccentric, and just plain bizarre personal style.


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Steven Klein shot half of the notoriously decadent duo at Gabbana’s home in Portofino, Italy, in 2007.

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The director and his “ghoul-friend” at a Gunther Sachs party in Paris in 1972.

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The Scottish actress (photographed here in 2011 by Juergen Teller; that’s her again on the cover below) is the contemporary embodiment of bold, eccentric style.

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The Guinness heir and fervent supporter of traditional Irish arts is always recognizable in his dapper tweeds and ethereal beard and ponytail.

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It’s rare that the same person can stylishly pull off camo, crop tops, gowns—and postmodern catsuits, as shown in this Craig McDean shoot from 2010.

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For a 2003 Steven Klein shoot, the pop legend played a role that was equal parts yoga master and bondage aficionado.

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Splish splash! The pop star goes tub-thumping with the Kaiser in 2011.

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Aside from her early, crucial support of kindred spirit Alexander McQueen, the late fashion editor and icon was the muse of milliner Philip Treacy.

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The New York–based artist (shown here in 2009) has sworn to wear only white forevermore.

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The Pop-art standard-bearer and his Factory frontwoman in an Empire State of mind in 1964 (from our January 2001 issue).

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A couple of years after donning Marjan Pejoski’s “swan dress” at the 2001 Oscars, the singer went comparatively demure for photographer Lise Sarfati.

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Trecartin styled a number of his artist friends, including collaborator Lizzie Fitch (left) for a 2010 story photographed by Sebastian Kim.

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The woman who brought punk to the fashion world has never been afraid to push buttons— or boundaries.

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Helmut Newton once described the Vogue Japan editor at large and street-style heroine as a “fashion maniac.”

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Mr. Garavani (standing, left) gathered a host of his friends to pose for our “The Chic at Play” story in 1978.

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Though she usually favors a neo-fauve Lite-Brite palette, La Minaj was reimagined as a rococo beauty by artist Francesco Vezzoli for this 2011 shoot.

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The two make up South Africa’s rap-rave group Die Antwoord.

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Fashion’s bad boy, photographed in more jubilant times by Nick Knight in 2002.

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Though she claims to loathe the word “eccentric” (she prefers “bohemian”), Guinness (shot here in 2011) has helped redefine its meaning in fashion—regardless of whether she’s even wearing clothes.

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This 1968 photo of the surrealist legend and godfather of modern eccentric style was featured in a 2006 story.

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Gaga has employed the Thierry Mugler designer as her fashion director since 2009.

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The fashion icon (second from left) found herself amid models Dree Hemingway, Guinevere van Seenus, and Kirsten Owen (from left) in 2010.

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The Dolce & Gabbana model lit up Paris’s Les Bains-Douches at a 1987 Christian Lacroix party.

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Domenico Dolce (top), from Steven Klein’s 2007 shoot in Portofino.

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In 1996—when this photo was taken—Harlech left John Galliano to become Karl Lagerfeld’s muse at Chanel.

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The architect behind countless luxury stores credits a midlife crisis for inspiring his Mad Max–meets–the Village People look.

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The late fashion editor and legend Piaggi (pictured here in 1972 with frequent collaborator Lopez, an illustrator) was described as a walking museum.