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Takashi Murakami Designs Vogue Japan’s October 2020 Cover

Due to the pandemic, we’ve been seeing an influx of illustrated covers. Vogue Spain asked Ignasi Monreal to design its May cover. Children from around the world created Vogue Italia’s June covers. And American Vogue‘s September issue features the work of Jordan Casteel and Kerry James Marshall. Following a sultry Kaia Gerber September offering, Vogue Japan jumps on the illustrated cover bandwagon. It commissioned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (known for his iconic Louis Vuitton collab) to design its October 2020 cover.

Vogue Japan October 2020 by Takashi Murakami


But the cover clearly divided our forum members. “I hate how fashion has like five artists they feature and it’s the same five over and over again for decades now with no end in sight,” critiqued dior_couture1245.

“That looks like a grade school art project…” voiced crmsnsnwflks.

“Everything fashion industry-related in 2020 has been an absolute disaster. The covers have each been more tragic than the ones before,” MyNameIs chimed in.

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On the other hand, the cover definitely found a few fans. “For some reason I don’t hate it. I think I just have this weird type of respect and affection for any type of Japanese animation/anime stemming from childhood,” said Fiercification.

“I like it! The choice of artist is a little bit too obvious for my taste, but it’s well-executed,” appreciated Lola701.

“Takashi Murakami is obviously the perfect candidate to illustrate the cover of Vogue Japan and while I’m not a Murakami admirer, I can appreciate the happiness and joy…” echoed vogue28.

“I can’t hate on Murakami…” confessed kokobombon.

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