Most recently recognized for his fashion-forward, gender-bending outfits, the British-born Styles explains the thought process behind his clothing choices. Fittingly, the cover features him in a full-length gown, designed by Gucci’s Alessando Michele, paired with tailored tuxedo jacket.
In a statement regarding the ensembles, the former One Direction member said: “As a kid I definitely liked fancy dress…. I was really young, and I wore tights for [a school play]. I remember it was crazy to me that I was wearing a pair of tights. And that was maybe where it all kicked off!” “What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that,” Styles told The Guardian last year. “If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay?’ Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though… I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”
The Harry Styles images were taken by the highly sought-after photographer Tyler Mitchell who’s career was propelled to great heights in 2018 when he, too, made history by becoming the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover. Appropriately, Beyoncé was his subject for that occasion.
Photo: Ashley Newby