Only 3 Issues, For Sale.
Translated, “deliciae vitae” means “luxury life” in English.
Deliciae Vitae was an annually published fashion magazine printed on thick ultra-bookstock glossy paper for three years in the spring from early 2001 until 2003.
Critically lauded it was hailed as a high water mark in fashion editorial and had among its contributing photographers David Lachapelle, Ellen von Unwerth, Marc Hom, Max Vadukul, Rankin, Vincent Peters, Harri Peccinotti, phil poynter, Matthias Vriens, Bettina Rheims, Luis Sanchis, Albert Watson, and Alexei Hay.
I’ve recently uncovered all three of these issues in my library and they’re in brand-new-like condition, immaculate, and am putting them up for sale for a good collector of art-fashion photography. Issue one even has its original cover/wrapper bag, opened but intact as purchased. Interested parties should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the editor’s statement, assumably from editor Kinder Aggugini — often going by simply “Kinder” — from inside one issue (possibly the initial issue, I can check, I don’t handle them much but did notice it last night), copied from artjobs:
‘Deliciae Vitae: for men of the world In 1983, aged 18, I approached one of Europe’s leading publishers of adult material with my idea for a stylishly superior men’s publication. I knew there was a market for an international magazine that was classy, luxurious and sexy but which was fundamentally not about porn. I mean if that’s all you want you can get it anywhere, right? They laughed me out of the building…
‘Another 18 years on, the culture of photography and publishing has come a very long way. Having worked as a fashion designer for much of the intervening period I’ve been struck how much fashion, and particularly fashion photographers have embraced sex and sexuality in advertising and editorial fashion shoots for men and women.
‘Ultimately, as the fashion industry knows very well, it’s the image – the way someone (or something) is photographed – that makes them desirable. The medium – as they say – is the message. Which explains why certain fashion photographers have become as famous as film directors.
‘Deliciae Vitae is an independent bi-annual publication, of deliberate, unashamedly luxurious excess. Autonomous and unconstrained in a world of ever more increasing conglomerate fashion.
‘In this, its first issue, beautiful women from across the globe are photographed by the very best fashion and art photographers to give pleasure to the most sophisticated of palates. But such sophistication is indulged just as much by fine writing. So look out for features on the eternal sexual chemistry of champagne, the elitist joys of supersonic travel or the return of the ultimate pop playboy Bryan Ferry. Deliciae Vitae is not meant to appeal to everyone. But then, you’re not everyone, are you?’
Country: Italy; City: Milan; Website: deliciaevitae.com