For each issue, the biannual publication A Magazine Curated By brings together some of fashion's most creative talents to fill its pages with everything that inspires, fascinates or moves them. Previous issues have seen guest curators such as Maison Martin Margiela, Iris van Herpen, Alessandro Michele, and Kim Jones adding their own personal aesthetic to the magazine.
This time around, the torch has been handed to Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli who has been given free rein to propose his take on the magazine and fill it with personal artistic inspiration for issue No. 20. The content is centred around the beauty of Rome, with a visual portfolio of the designer's many favourite places, from Trastevere to the Palatine Hill, all shot by Charles H. Traub. The issue is a big bang of still-life imagery featuring his secret chairs des defiles, inspirational mood books used for each Valentino fashion show, and Italian Renaissance and Bosch paintings.
In tribute to the late Franca Sozzani, Pierpaolo Piccioli's has gone behind the camera to photograph Naomi Campbell, Pat McGrath, Guido Palau, and Edward Enninful among many others. The images take inspiration from Steven Meisel's Vogue Italia October 1992 photoshoot — only this time the black hat has been replaced by the vibrant candy-coloured Philip Treacy hat from Valentino's haute couture fall 2018 show.