V Legends: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele

V Legends: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele

For the 100th issue, V paid homage to the editors, image-makers, and rule-breakers who have shaped the magazine. You can call them legends. Here we look to the iconic contributions of fashion editor Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.

For the 100th issue, V paid homage to the editors, image-makers, and rule-breakers who have shaped the magazine. You can call them legends. Here we look to the iconic contributions of fashion editor Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.

Styling: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele

Text: William Defebaugh

It is rare to find a fashion editor capable of affecting an image to such an extent that the picture becomes more easily recognizable by fashion than photographer, and yet, such is the case with the legendary Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. She has lent her signature style—a mix of gold chains, Chanel, and bright, vibrant colors—to many pages of V throughout the years as one of the magazine’s most prominent contributing fashion editors.

Cerf de Dudzeele's Nicole Kidman cover for V79 stands out as one of the most memorable in our history. While Kidman is often shown in a more reserved fashion, Cerf de Dudzeele and Mario Testino were able to bring her out of her shell—for which Kidman feels a sense of gratitude when looking back on the story: "It was crazy, fun...everything you hope a shoot like this would be."

Other notable stories brought to life by the fashion editor include her Selena Gomez V94 cover story with Inez & Vinoodh, her work with Miley Cyrus for both V83 and V91—the first of which, arguably, instigated Cyrus’s larger public make-over, her patriotic Ke$ha cover, featuring the singer with an American flag painted on her face for the Americana Issue, and her instantly iconic fashion story for V92 with Saskia De Brauw, shot by Ryan McGinley.

In recent years, Cerf de Dudzeele has demonstrated a keen eye for talents in the realm of pop music, offering them her guidance in how to stand out in the fashion industry. Aside from Cyrus, Gomez, and Ariana Grande, Cerf de Dudzeele also styled Inez & Vinoodh’s second Music Issue covers, and welcomed a young Willow Smith into the fashion world with her first major magazine editorial, lensed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Cerf de Dudzeele he has an ability to completely transform even those subjects that the public thinks they have seen in every way imaginable, such as with Rihanna for V95, whom she dressed in yellow fur and cotton-candy colored hats, complete with a blonde wig and a popsicle. In the editor’s own words: “ça...c’est Cerf style!”

This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here.

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