Redesigning Vogue

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Illustrated Cover Above

Fall Shoes Pencil Rough
Spring Sandals Pencil Rough
Vogue Cover 1946

Our absolute, grand finale, last project ever ever ever in Adobe Illustrator was to redesign American Vogue's November issue. Obviously we had great big shoes to fill with this one. We were asked to reference as many former covers as possible in order to understand the evolution of the magazine. Naturally, I fell in love with the old illustrated covers from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. I took the above cover from 1946 as my inspiration point of departure. It coincided perfectly with Vogue's article on Giuseppe Zanotti's repurposed flat for Spring.

I really admired how this particular cover used one single accessory, yet achieved so much dynamism in the illustration. If the focus is strong in a design, the end result reflects that, so I wanted to be very specific about my cover's direction. In order to stay true to the November issue's text, every shoe I illustrated was from Zanotti's Fall 2010 collection. Even though the article referenced the Spring collection, I illustrated Fall given the season. Thank goodness for all these flats. After injuring my ankle in tennis yesterday, I won't be wearing heels for a long while. Enjoy!!


  1. woahhhh great job meagan! your shows look really real, and the detail is so...detailed! awesome job!

  2. Aw thanks Jj!! So happy to be finished with at least ONE major project xx

  3. that looks awesome, i thought it was a picture of all the shoes at first. crazy computer technology lol. I still prefer the pencil drawings better :) shoes are freakin hard to draw. I knew a girl who used to do them so well, i wish i had asked her to do some sketches for me before i saw her for the last time lol, who knew

  4. Thanks Ania, I couldn't agree more!! I feel like why attempt to do what photography can do better right?! I love the way pencil, or traditional drawing materials come across so much more. That said, I have to learn what the industry dictates, c'est la vie xx

  5. These look so good, should make a Vogue cover, and you're looking pretty damn good too girl :)

  6. cute flats for meagsies sore ankle!!!!

  7. Thanks so much girls!!

    Lol Veronika I've been so self-conscious about that photo of me. I wasn't wearing any makeup, never do when I'm working actually, so thank-you for the boost ;)

  8. great woork!!!
    love your blog

    xx Marina

  9. Cool project M! Like what you did. I actually find its great how magazine is so good that it references itself! It's like Madonna new look being inspired by 80's Madonna! :-) very cool.


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  11. Hello Ladies,

    Thank-you so much for your sweet comments!!

    Maya you had me lol'ing with your Madonna metaphor. That is exactly what I did. The November cover had Anne Hathaway on it. I decided to bring the magazine back to its roots and reference itself. Sort of refreshing seeing a magazine with only one headline on it :)

  12. Hi
    Gorgeous covers girl...

    Have a great day, and thanks for visiting.

  13. hey i love your finale assignment..had i been in your class this would have been my fave...when i was in school..we had to do a magazine redesign for the semester which was challenging but fun!
    i love your final cover!

    P.S. hope your ankle gets better! :)


  14. I love that you share school assignments. I am starting to forget school and getting stuck in a creative rut. I need new projects... so please keep sharing, it's so inspiring!


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