Yes, Harry Styles at 26, is the first male to appear by himself on the cover of Vogue.
Styles tells the magazine,
“As a kid I definitely liked fancy dress. I was really young, and I wore tights for that.
I remember it was crazy to me that I was wearing a pair of tights. And that was maybe where it all kicked off!”
Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Harry first met in London over a cappuccino.
“It was just a kind of PR appointment, but something magical happened, and Harry is now a friend.
He has the aura of an English rock-and-roll star—like a young Greek god with the attitude of James Dean and a little bit of Mick Jagger—but no one is sweeter. He is the image of a new era, of the way that a man can look.
He’s really in touch with his feminine side because it’s something natural. And he’s a big inspiration to a younger generation—about how you can be in a totally free playground when you feel comfortable.
I think that he’s a revolutionary.”
Styles declares that
“You can never be overdressed. There’s no such thing.
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. 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. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. 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. 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.”
To read the whole story and see more of Harry’s too-cool-for-school style, go here. December Vogue is on newsstands now.
(Photos, Tyler Mitchell; via Vogue)