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Dress Demi Moore in a satin or­ganza dress and Alexan­der McQueen Python shoes. Take her out to the desert. Put her on a spi­ralling stair­case that spi­rals to nowhere (be­cause that’s the kind of prop you have to hand on this kind of shoot). Oh, and throw in a gi­raffe.

Fash­ion doesn’t have to be about ex­cess but, let’s be hon­est, it can be so much fun when it is. This 2010 cover of the Amer­i­can fash­ion mag­a­zine Harper’s Bazaar was for the mag­a­zine’s sub­scribers only. It’s now be­ing shared in a new book that cel­e­brates 150 years of the mag­a­zine’s his­tory.

It’s a richly sto­ried one. In the 19th cen­tury the mag­a­zine pub­lished sto­ries by Charles Dick­ens and Thomas Hardy. Man Ray, Irv­ing Penn, Richard Ave­don, Tru­man Capote and Andy Warhol were all con­trib­u­tors at one time or an­other and the mag­a­zine was home to the ge­nius that was art di­rec­tor Alexey Brodovitch.

And its gilded past has a gilded present. This cen­tury the mag­a­zine un­der the ed­i­tor­ship of Glenda Bai­ley has gone from strength to strength. Hence this Mark Seliger im­age.

Oh, and just so you know, ac­cord­ing to Demi Moore, the gi­raffe had bad breath.

Harper’s Bazaar: 150 Years: the Great­est Mo­ments by Glenda Bai­ley is pub­lished by Abrams next week, priced £40

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