Italian Vogue has announced that the print magazine’s first issue of 2020 will include no photographs. The January edition has been curated "without traveling, shipping clothes or polluting in any way,” in an effort to counteract the “significant environmental impact associated with publishing a fashion magazine.”
Instead, the issue will be packed with hand-drawn illustrations. Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti announced in a statement on the website last week his intentions to “launch a message.” He said:
In the global debate on sustainability, and the values that Vogue has pledged to promote over the next decade ... there is one aspect that is particularly dear to me: intellectual honesty. In our case, this means admitting that there is a significant environmental impact associated with publishing a fashion magazine.
He estimates the September issue required the efforts of 150 people, 20 flights, and at least a dozen train journeys. He said use of plastic and electricity, as well as food waste of the eight photo stories within the magazine, were all contributing factors to the decision.
The official Vogue Italia Instagram account has posted seven different illustrated covers to its feed. The editorial content will also draw attention to the issue of sustainability in the fashion industry, with particular focus on recycling clothes and reducing waste in garment manufacturing.
The January issue's editorial content is also set to focus on sustainability in the fashion industry. The magazine's featured stories will explore topics including clothes recycling and reducing waste in garment manufacturing.
It’s alleged the parent company, Condé Nast Italia, will only source compostable plastic to wrap the magazine going forward.