Vogue Italia dedicates the cover of the new issue to Tatjana Patitz

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Vogue Italy dedicates a cover of the new issue – on newsstands from February 2 – to the German top model Tatjana Patitzwho disappeared prematurely on January 11th.

Tatjana Patitz, goodbye to the German supermodel who died at the age of 56

Photographer Peter Lindbergh’s muse, Tatjana Patitz shaped the supermodel’s aesthetic way back in the 1990s. And she will remain an unforgettable face-and name-for the history of fashion

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«Tatjana has always been the European symbol of chic, a mix between Romy Schneider and Monica Vitti. – tells Anna Wintour, Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast and Global Editorial Director of Vogue – She was far less flamboyant than her companions – more mysterious, more grown up, more unattainable. And that had her appeal.”

Tatjana Patitz

«The first thing I noticed about Tatjana was the ease with which she surrounded herself with stillness. She had an aura that was pure elegance and a poise that made her special, like a classic European film star,” she says. Edward Enninful OBE, European Editorial Director of Vogue.

Starred in over 200 covers, including those of the American, Italian, British, French, German, Spanish and Australian editions of Vogue, Patitz was the muse of celebrated photographers including Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Paolo Roversi. She is also known for having walked major runways in the 80s and 90s and for being featured in the video Freedom of George Michael together with the other supermodels of the time, Tatjana Patitz is remembered in the pages of Vogue Italy with an exciting portfolio of images shot by Peter Lindbergh.

“Tatjana will be remembered for her natural kindness, her inner beauty and her extraordinary intelligence. Peter Lindbergh’s work is inextricably linked to her image of her, a unique combination of understated strength and effortless elegance that has inspired my father throughout his career,” she says Benjamin Lindbergh, son of Peter Lindbergh and President of the Peter Lindbergh Foundation.

«The words of those who knew her and wanted to share a thought with us will, I hope, be an opportunity for our readers to experience an aspect of the fashion world to which we are not used to. More intimate,” he says Francesca Ragazzi, Head of Editorial Content at Vogue Italy.

Many personalities from the fashion industry who have had the good fortune to work with her and who remember her today, primarily her model friends, including Naomi Campbell who recounts here: «I lived my first time in Los Angeles with her, she showed me every place and beach… It was on that trip that she introduced me to Herb Ritts, who called her Tatski. I will forever be grateful to her and will cherish these fond memories.”

“Indomitable as nature and the creatures she adored, she possessed an indescribable grace and poise, which were at the heart of her beauty. Looking into her eyes was like staring into something primal, eternal. Such a look could only reflect a great depth of mind. She gave her a timeless charm, and that’s what made her an immortal muse,” she comments Shalom Harlow, supermodel and actress. «She was quiet, reserved and true to herself. We were a tough girl gang who embodied – and still embody – all the power of the independent female spirit,” she adds Claudia Schiffer, supermodel. “There was something ethereal and mysterious and otherworldly about her. She was indisputably beautiful, but it was her spirit that conquered everyone », she says again Helena Christensen, supermodel and photographer.

Source: Vanity Fair

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