Rihanna is gracing yet another September cover, and this time it’s for Garage Magazine. Titled “The Human Future,” the issue features an editorial spread of Bad Gal as photographed by Deana Lawson, whose appeared in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-born singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados and raised in Bridgetown.
Deana Lawson is an American artist, educator and photographer whose work revolves primarily around issues of intimacy, family, spirituality, sexuality, and Black aesthetics.
“Rihanna is perhaps our most human of pop idols — unguarded, miraculously vital, perfect in her imperfections — making her the consummate subject for Deana,” said Mark Guiducci, GARAGE Magazine Editor in Chief. “The Human Future” marks Lawson’s first cover and fashion editorial, and hits news stands this Thursday. Watch behind the scenes footage of the shoot, above, and see Lawson’s photos, below.
There is a story behind the vintage look of Rihanna for Garage Magazine.
Stylist Carlos Nazario talks styling Rihanna for GARAGE, photographed by Deana Lawson.
“Ri is somebody who sees so much, and she, obviously, is constantly seeing current season samples. Carlos Nazario, who styled Rihanna for the cover of GARAGE Issue 15, photographed by Deana Lawson. “I felt like it wasn’t that exciting for her to only wear things that I’m sure she’s familiar with, you know?”
So the cover image features Rihanna in Dolce & Gabbana briefs, a pair of Y/Project stilettos, a necklace from Tiffany’s, and, in a surprising twist, a rose bolero from the 1960s. “I always like to incorporate vintage pieces, because it’s a whole world of clothing that people haven’t seen.”
Dressing celebrities often means finding clothing that makes them feel comfortable and confident—which can be code for something safe. But Rihanna and her style are anything but. “I think her comfort zone is to push it, right? I don’t think she feels comfortable when she feels like she’s worn it before,” Nazario said. “I think when she gets excited, and when she often feels the most beautiful and the most powerful, is when she’s wearing something that kinda feels unexpected.”
Nazario did his vintage shopping in London, working with Rellik and One of a Kind. The latter is owned by Jeff Ihenacho is “this incredible Jamaican guy who’s been collecting vintage since it was not vintage—since the ’70s and ’60s,” Nazario said. “His taste tends to veer towards the more theatrical, and his collection’s vibe is very Caribbean queen, which was one of the inspirations for this shoot.” Nazario called him a few days prior, and he dug through his extensive archive, delivering several pieces to the stylist, including that rose bolero and the yellow ball skirt. The ball skirt, paired with a Gucci top, was a piece of American couture; Ihenacho “couldn’t pinpoint the exact designer, but he was sure that it was American and probably from the ‘60s.”