Visionaire, issues c.6-61 (to be confirmed) in 13 boxes collection 19.4.13
Lot 221
VISIONAIRE. A fine and extensive collection of 53 issues of the contemporary art and fashion periodical, comprising numbers 6-13, 16-46 and 48-61, ALL LIMITED EDITIONS
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 25,000 - 34,000
Lot Details
A fine collection of 53 issues of the contemporary fashion, art and design periodical, comprising numbers 6-13, 16-46 and 48-61, ALL LIMITED EDITIONS, in the original very varied and eclectic bindings, boxes and cases as issued, many with the original posting boxes, a few apparently unopened, one or two slightly rubbed but overall in fine condition, various sizes, New York, Visionaire Publishing, 1992-2012; sold as a periodical


  • A fine run of Visionaire, the innovative contemporary fashion and design periodical founded in 1991. The numbered limited edition albums are produced three times a year, in an everchanging and sometimes bewildering array of formats and concepts, each featuring a different theme (Hype!, Woman, Desire, Where?, Touch, Seven Deadly Sins and Uncensored are amongst the titles). The numerous artists, photographers, designers and collaborators have included the likes of Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Helmut Lang, Richard Avedon, Sam Taylor Wood, Mario Serrenti, David Bowie, Tracey Emin, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfield, Gucci, Versace, Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada. It is safe to say that no two issues are alike and substantial collections of issues have rarely come onto the market.

    Amongst the most collectable or striking issues are: number 18, Fashion Special, in a monogrammed Louis Vuitton portfolio (all 2,500 copies of this issue were sold in less than three weeks); number 19, Beauty, in a mirrored mylar case complete with lipstick, mascara and lip gloss; number 20, Comme des Garcons, produced in collaboration with Alexander McQueen and with a dress pattern printed on muslin; number 22, Chic, with an actual piece of the Versace dress Madonna wore to the Evita premiere; number 21, Deck of Cards/Diamond, in an individual jewellery box with its own lock and key (a real diamond was offered for one lucky subscriber); number 23, The Emperor's New Clothes, the 'nude' issue featuring photographs of supermodels and actors such as Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, Rupert Everett, Julie Delpy and Demi Moore; number 32 Where?, with postcards designed by Bruce Weber in a Hermes travel pouch; number 42, Scent, a case containing 42 perfumes in small vials; number 53, Sound, consisting of five 12-inch vinyl records (sound pieces by David Byrne, Courtney Love, U2, Yoko Ono and others) and a battery-operated toy car that acts as a record player; number 56, Solar, in which the white case and embroidery, and black and white photographs, transform into colour when exposed to direct sunlight; and number 61, Larger Than Life, featuring Lady Gaga on the covers, and which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest magazine. Descriptions and images of each issue are viewable on the Visionaire website.
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