PHOTOS: Riccardo Tisci’s Visionaire Religion Issue Is Very Naked

We’ve been excited for Riccardo Tisci‘s religion-themed issue of Visionaire for quite some time now. The 228-page tome will set you back $425, but we were able to round up some of the most impressive images from the issue.

The photos are beautiful (and some are definitely a bit shocking), mixing the religious with the sexual in an intoxicatingly seductive way. Tisci is a devout Catholic, which informed this project, as it does most of his work. He tapped photographers like Mario Testino and Inez & Vinoodh to perform their visual magic, but gave them strict instructions to only shoot in black and white.

Oh, and the clothes (or lack thereof)! As he explained back in April:

“Today, so much fashion, and art and music, involves pleasing the client. So I said right from the beginning that, even though I am at Givenchy, I didn’t want any [fashion] credits in the magazine. The contributors could use vintage clothing, they could use a single piece of fabric, they could do what they wanted. And there are a lot of nudes. In religious painting and sculpture there are a lot of nudes, too – Christ is portrayed nude, angels are portrayed nude. We were all born naked.”

In true Visionaire form, the issue isn’t just a plain ol’ magazine. Perfumer Yann Vasnier created a special scent (“the smell of religion”) for it. According to Tisci, “The first impression is strong and sharp and then it becomes delicate, romantic and soft.” Well, sure.

Only 3000 copies of Visionaire 60 were produced, so get on that, people! In the meantime, check out the photos below starring Marina Abramovic, Lara Stone, Arizona Muse, Lea T, and more (including Tisci himself!).

[via The Fashion Spot]

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