Looking Back : 2009’s Top Covers

Continuing our year end wrap ups, we present MDC’s favorite covers of 2009. Be sure to catch our favorite campaigns too!


01. W, November 2009
Photographer: Pierpaolo Ferrari
Model: Linda Evangelista

W’s November cover was a timely and irreverent send up of the current economic situation, risky subject matter for a fashion publication but W pulled it off admirably.

02. Acne Paper, S/S 09
Photographer: Daniel Jackson
Model: Missy Rayder

Acne Paper, always has striking covers but Daniel Jackson’s image of a blindfolded Missy Rayder was pitch perfect.


03. Dazed & Confused, April 2009
Photographer: Josh Olins
Model: Lakshmi Menon

The Lakshmi as goddess theme never gets old and Dazed‘s cover was simply stunning; if there was one magazine that jumped out at you from the newsstand, it was this one.

04. Numero, May 2009
Photographer: Solve Sundsbo
Model: Magdalena Frackowiak

White orchids, platinum haired Magdalena – this cover was pure elegance.


05. Tar Magazine S/S 09
Artist: Damien Hirst
Model: Kate Moss
Artist collaborations always make for interesting covers and Damien Hirst’s vision of  Kate Moss, was an especially intriguing (and attention grabbing) take on the issue’s theme of transparency.

06. Wallpaper, October 2009
Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld
Model: Baptiste Giabiconi

Say what you will about Karl Lagerfeld, but he doesn’t beat around the bush : peel back the first image of Baptiste on Wallpaper’s cover and you will find an even more revealing picture of the world’s foremost male model.


07. i-D, September 2009
Photographer: Emma Summerton
Models: Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, Arlenis Sosa and Chanel Iman

i-D’s irreverent headlines never fail to amuse and The bold “pretty young things” on the cover, is the perfect description for these four beauties. 2009 had plenty of multi-girl covers but this was the coolest hands down.

08. Muse, F/W 2009
Photographer: Panos Yiapanis
Model: Natasha Poly

Both covers of Natasha’s special issue were great  but the shot of her in Givenchy’s couture finery was especially haunting.


09. Vogue Italia March 2009
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Models: Kinga Rajzak and Hanne Gaby Odiele

10. Vogue Italia, September 2009

Photographer: Steven Meisel
Models: Jamie Bochert, Anna Jagodzinska, Sasha Pivovarova, Ash Stymest, Christian Brylle, Max Rogers & Will Lewis

You can’t just pick one Vogue Italia! This years strongest VI covers featured Meisel at his most idiosyncratic; from a wild boar joining Jamie and Christian on their cover to the voyeur feel of Hanne and Kinga’s image, the best covers were the ones that went off in wild directions.

What were your favorite covers of 2009? Let us know what you loved!

  1. Great choices..I love the Vogue covers..but i think you guys missed the SKLEIN/NICOLA FORMICHETTI Vogue Hommes Japan…that people are still GAGGING/LIVING for from this list

  2. I am in LOVE with that Muse cover with Natasha. That whole issue is mind-blowingly spectacular, so glad I bought it.

  3. Love magazine with beth ditto
    isabeli’s fontana on french vogue
    guinevere on dazed and confused.

    they all did it for me!!!!

  4. Of this bunch, Lakshmi on Dazed, Magdalena on Numero, Wallpaper and I-D

    I loved LOVE with Beth Ditto, Naomi-V59, Eva Herzigova-Numero Tokyo Sept. 09, Isabeli-Deutsche Vogue Jan. 09, Anja Rubik-Deutsche Vogue Sept. 09, Arlenis Sosa..Deutsche Vogue May 09…I’m beginning to notice a trend here! Isabeli-Vogue Brasil Jun. 09.
    Travis Hanson-Vogue Hommes Japan. Eniko-Numero Oct. 09, Eva, Helena & Claudia- I-D Winter 09…etc.

    I apologize..there was overwhelming brilliance this year. Mainly on the photographer/artistic direction side. But I absolutely love the covers where the models are vividly front and center, like my faves above.

  5. Definately W.
    That was the first image of Linda where I thought she did a perfect job altough I never liked her. :)


  7. That i-d cover is stunning stunning fierce! Another one that sticks out is Vogue Italia’s May 2009 cover w/ Sasha. Something about it just pops to me! She’s fierce on it, no?? Also, Abbey Lee’s December Numero cover is to die. It truly is an epic image! That should have DEFINITELY been mentioned.


  8. Politics and fashion, I always thought those two subjects had no identifiable relation to eachother. But the first cover(W), it seems so right!

    Fascinating, looks like a candid shot.

  9. I love the Vogue cover with Christian Brylle, it is so diff. from all others!!!!

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