Cover Confidential: Art Director Sandra Kang on Her All-Time Favorite “V” Covers

Art Director Sandra Kang has worked on some of V Magazine's most eye-catching covers to date, including Gisele's booty-baring Levi's and Lady Gaga's blue sticker goggles.

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2008: "Mario Testino shoots Gisele in customized butt-less Guess shorts courtesy of Nicola Formichetti."nCredits: Photography Mario Testino, Styling Nicola Formichetti.
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If ever a magazine cover stopped you in your tracks while walking past a newsstand, we'll bet it was an issue of "V." Whether brandishing Gisele's golden haunches or ensnaring us with Lady Gaga's groovy goggles, few American publications can compete with 'V' for innovative design and controversial content. Art Director Sandra Kang has collaborated on some of the magazine's most memorable covers to date, and generously shared a few of her faves with The Thread. 2008: "Mario Testino shoots Gisele in customized butt-less Guess shorts courtesy of Nicola Formichetti."nCredits: Photography Mario Testino, Styling Nicola Formichetti.
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"We added an interactive element to V’s first Lady Gaga cover by printing clear vinyl stickers of Marc Jacobs sunglasses that were shrink wrapped with the issue," explains Sandra. "Fun tip: try placing them on your mirror at home or, if safety is not an issue for you, on your car windshield."nCredits: Photography Mario Testino, Styling Nicola Formichetti.
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2008: "Wanting to commemorate a historic victory for then Senator Barack Obama on our 'V WILL OVERCOME' cover of Beyoncé by Bruce Weber, we had stickers optimistically printed up to read 'HAPPY HOLIDAYS! OBAMA’S IN THE HOUSE 2008,' giving the printers the green light to start applying them that evening of November 4, 2008."nCredits: Photography Bruce Weber, Styling Deborah Watson
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2001: "Then-nascent V Magazine—younger sister to the luxury limited art edition, Visionaire—captured a moment in fashion history backstage at the debut of Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane." Photography: Karl Lagerfeld.
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2002: "Art and fashion converge on this iconic cover by artist Richard Phillips, based on an original photograph of Christy Turlington by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin."nPhotography: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.
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2007: "Brad Pitt three different ways: the tough guy, the dashing gentleman, the stylish intellectual—there’s something for everyone."nCredits: Photography Mario Testino, Styling Rachel Zoe.
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Brad Pitt's "intellectual" V cover, one of three in the fall of 2007.
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Brad Pitt's dapper V Magazine cover, one of three in the fall of 2007.
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2008: "This was our biggest issue, boasting 14 different covers including the top girls of the season and some perennial favorites." Some of the lovely ladies included Eniko Mihalik, Daria Werbowy, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, to name a few.nCredits: Photography Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Styling Joe McKenna.
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Eniko Mihalik' cover in the fall of 2008, one of 14 for the magazine's biggest ever issue.
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Naomi Campbell on the cover of V Magazine.
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Anna Selezneva on the cover of V Magazine.
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Daria Werbowy on the cover of V Magazine.
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2010: "For 'The Sexy Body Issue' we did another interactive version, this time as a special edition set of scratch-off V's. Too racy for the newsstand, the special scratch off versions were only sold online, but that didn’t seem to stop people from trying to scratch their newsstand copies!"nCredits: Photography Mario Sorrenti, Styling Andrew Richardson.
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