Harry Styles Lands First Solo Male Vogue Cover, Talks Fashion

The Fashionisto


Published November 24, 2020

Harry Styles covers the December 2020 issue of Vogue.
Harry Styles covers the December 2020 issue of Vogue, photographed by Tyler Mitchell.

Harry Styles makes history as the first man to land an American Vogue cover by himself. The 26-year-old singer joins fellow artists Zayn Malik and Justin Bieber as some of the few men to cover Vogue since its inception in 1892. Tyler Mitchell has the honor of photographing Styles for the momentous occasion. Mitchell works with fashion editor Camilla Nickerson for the gender-bending photoshoot, which features both men’s and women’s clothing.  Styles ventures outdoors for the fashion spread, wearing bold looks from brands such as Maison Margiela and Gucci. It’s no surprise to see Styles in Gucci. After all, he’s a brand ambassador and friends with the label’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.

Talking to the magazine about some of his earliest experiences with fashion, Styles recalls, “As a kid, I definitely liked fancy dress. I was really young, and I wore tights for [the 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!” Now, Styles explains, “I like playing dress-up in general.” The Watermelon Sugar singer suggests, “you can never be overdressed…there’s no such thing.”

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Also, when it comes to music and fashion, the possibilities are endless. “The people that I looked up to in music — Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John –they’re such showmen,” says Styles. “As a kid, it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with.”

When it comes to gender norms and clothing, Styles sees no place for it. “When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men, and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play,” states Styles. “I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything — anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means — it just becomes this extended part of creating something.” Read more at Vogue.com.

Harry Styles Vogue Photoshoot

Harry Styles dons a dress and tuxedo jacket from Gucci for the pages of American Vogue.
Harry Styles dons a dress and tuxedo jacket from Gucci for the pages of American Vogue. Tyler Mitchell photographs Styles for the feature, creatively mirroring Gucci’s vintage-like kitsch with the beautiful outdoors.
Laying in the grass, Harry Styles wears a Gucci overcoat with a shirt and pants for Vogue.
Tyler Mitchell photographs Harry Styles from above as the sunlight creates playful shadows. Laying in the grass, Styles wears a Gucci overcoat with a shirt and pants for Vogue.
Going shirtless for Vogue, Harry Styles shows off his tattoos and custom-made corduroy pants from Emily Adams Bode.
Capturing Harry Styles against a vibrant red background, Tyler Mitchell photographs the singer for a striking, full-length portrait. Going shirtless for Vogue, Styles shows off his tattoos and custom-made corduroy pants from Emily Adams Bode.
Front and center, Harry Styles wears a trench coat by Maison Margiela for Vogue.
Ready for his close-up, Harry Styles poses for a portrait lensed by Tyler Mitchell. The latter captures the singer in a trench coat by Maison Margiela for Vogue, while also contrasting the elegant aspects of John Galliano’s design work with the ruggedness of Styles’ tattoos.

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