YOSHIKI, leader of X JAPAN, graces the October 2017 cover of Vogue Japan, on sale August 28th. He is the first Japanese male ever selected for the cover in the magazine's 18-year history.
Vogue is the world's most influential female fashion magazine, published in 22 countries and regions around the world, and YOSHIKI was chosen for the cover of Vogue Japan's "Rock Star"-themed October issue. The photo session, held in New York City in early June, was the world-famous pianist, drummer, and composer's first appearance after his emergency surgery on May 16th to replace a cervical vertebral disc. Yoshiki recalls that the photo session "was very stimulating," and he was able to attend only after getting permission from his doctor to fly from L.A. just three weeks after surgery.
YOSHIKI's cover shoot was directed by fashion photography duo Luigi & Iango. Made up of Italian Luigi Murenu and Swiss Iango Henzi, the pair are among the world's top creators, having produced numerous magazine covers, including Vanity Fair and i-D, and famous campaign visuals for the likes of Dior, Tom Ford Beauty, Versace Jeans, Cartier. Joining YOSHIKI on the cover is Argentine super model Mica Arganaraz. She got her big break when she was nominated as the solo model for the Prada campaign in 2014, and has walked the runway at many high-fashion shows, such as Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney.
YOSHIKI is in the worldwide spotlight now, following successful live shows this year at New York's Carnegie Hall (classical solo piano concert) and London's Wembley Arena (X Japan). Even while battling post-operative rehabilitation, he has achieved the distinction of becoming the first Japanese male to be the "face" of Vogue Japan. In this issue, YOSHIKI reveals the spirit of rock, and everyone is waiting to see what challenge is next for the music icon.
The award-winning X JAPAN documentary film WE ARE X is gathering acclaim from fans and critics alike in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with even more theatrical premieres to be announced in various countries around the world. YOSHIKI is currently in the studio completing X JAPAN's first album in over 21 years.
VOGUE JAPAN 2017 October Issue Cover and Special Interview
Photographers: Luigi and Iango
Fashion Editor: Patrick Mackie
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Hair Assistant: Hikaru Hirano
Makeup: Yumi Lee at Streeters
Manicure: Gina Edwards at Kate Ryan Inc. using Maxus Nails
Casting: Piergiorgio Del Moro for DM Casting at Exposure NY
Special Guest Star: Yoshiki
Model: Mica Argañaraz
Producer: Paul Preiss at Preiss Creative
Styling Assistant: Diana Choi