Annie Liebovitz - Love of a Lifetime

The December 2008 issue of Vogue featured "Love of a Lifetime", a 12 page spread of gorgeous gowns, all in Italian Renaissance settings. It starred Coco Rocha as Juliet and ballet dancer Roberto Bolle of American Ballet Theatre as Romeo. Other celebrities featured in this spread, are Estelle Parsons as the Nurse and John Lithgow as Friar Laurence. All photographed by Annie Leibovitz

The Fateful Night
Romeo: O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear—
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. (Act I, Sc. 5)

On Juliet: Christian Lacroix Couture satin with embroidered lace dress.
On the guests: Dresses from the Christian Lacroix Couture archive.

The Harsh Truth
Nurse: His name is Romeo, and a Montague,
The only son of your great enemy.
Juliet: My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy. (Act I, Sc. 5)

Proenza Schouler color-blocked silk faille dress.

The Stolen Moment
Juliet: Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed
If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow. (Act II, Sc. 2)

Nina Ricci silk tulle dress embroidered with silver leaves.

The Promise
Friar Laurence: These violent delights have violent ends,
And in their triumph die like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume. (Act II, Sc. 6)

Vera Wang washed-silk-and-cotton voile dress with tulle floral appliqu├ęd train.

The Curse
Romeo: This day's black fate on moe days doth depend,
This but begins the woe others must end. (Act III, Sc. 1)

The Ruse
Friar Laurence: Dry up your tears, and stick your rosemary
On this fair corse, and as the custom is,
And in her best array, bear her to church;
For though fond nature bids us all lament,
Yet nature's tears are reason's merriment. (Act IV, Sc. 5)

Dolce & Gabbana Empire dress with embroidered crystals.

The End
Prince: A glooming peace this morning with it brings,
The sun for sorrow will not show his head.
Go hence to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was there a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. (Act V, Sc. 3)

Alexander McQueen silk tulle dress.

>>more photos by Annie Leibovitz


  1. What is with Romeo's pants? They look like they're painted on. But otherwise, love the photo spread.

  2. Yeah, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou pants Romeo?

  3. Beautiful! Gorgeous! There 's a lot of Italy in this posting of yours, Charleybrown. Ancient and contemporary. I find Roberto Bolle perfect as Romeo. Thank you!

  4. The photos are beautiful! Some of the scenes really look just like paintings from a bygone era. They must have retouched them that way, the faces even sometimes look more painting than real life. The costumes Juliet wears are lovely!

  5. ah Maria, now that you say it, I am thinking of Italy...rub it in why don't ya? :)

    Laurie, they are lovely, aren't they? Makes me want to watch Romeo and Juliet!



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