In this month's issue, Vogue has an entire fashion spread dedicated to Edith Wharton. Wharton, the first woman to win a Pulitzer for fiction, was born 150 years ago this year. Apparently this Annie Leibovitz shoot at her historic Massachusetts home is Vogue's idea of an appropriate commemoration? Wharton is played by supermodel Natalia Vodianova, and fellow authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Junot Diaz turn up to play Henry James and diplomat Walter Barry, respectively. Literary cosplay: so hot for fall.
There's Eugenides, left, and actor Jack Huston impersonating Morton Fullerton. Fullerton was a journalist and an incurable cad with whom Wharton had a three-year affair; Wharton considered him the love of her life. Incidentally, this is not the first time an author has been included in a Vogue fashion spread: most recently Colson Whitehead turned up in its pages in 2011. I wonder, though, why Vogue didn't get a woman writer to play Wharton? Jennifer Egan even modeled in the 1980s. She'd have been perfect.
Edith Wharton in Vogue Magazine [Ciao Domenica]