Hollywood Fever: Celebrating 16 years of Hollywood Stars

With the Oscars playing out tonight, we couldn't resist showing you these gems from renowned magazine Vanity Fair. In April of 1995 Graydon Carter, then editor in chief of the magazine, decided to commemorate the 100th anniversary of moving pictures by dedicating the entire issue to Hollywood. Thus the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue was born. Ever since then,for sixteen years Vanity Fair has had a Hollywood issue which boasts a three page cover featuring the years hottest and most up and coming stars. In a world full of clichés, Vanity Fair has managed to produce something different and visually beautiful to look at year after year. So in keeping with all the Hollywood festivities, here are some of our favourites! 
The first ever Hollywood cover was shot by Annie Leibovitz and featured an all female cast, dressed in designer lingerie of their choice (except for then up and coming Gwyneth Paltrow, who was in a ball gown). 
From left to right: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Arquette, Linda Fiorentino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, and Sandra Bullock. 
The following year, for the 1996 edition, the men held the guard for the cover and boy did they do that well! Strangely, although DiCaprio features on the cover, this was an entire year before Titanic was to be released!  
From left to right: Tim Roth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rapaport, Stephen Dorff, Johnathon Schaech, David Arquette, Will Smith, and Skeet Ulrich.
This 1998 cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz (again) was the first to be shot in New York. Isn't it beautiful? We love the subtle 'V' shape of the window behind the stars and the muted gold palette. Regal and intriguing to look at! 
From left to right: Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Natalie Portman, Djimon Hounsou, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Claire Forlani, Gretchen Mol, Christina Ricci, 
Edward Furlong, and Rufus Sewell.
The 2000 and 2001 issues are a juxtoposition of the new and old Hollywood guard. The 2000 cover shows the faces of fresh, up and coming stars, including Penelope Cruz and the beautiful Mena Suvari.  The 2000 edition features Salma Hayek in a bikini - the only bikini to ever be featured on a cover of Vanity Fair! 
From left to right: Penélope Cruz, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Marley Shelton, Chris Klein, Selma Blair, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Sarah Wynter.
The 2001 issue was named the "Legends of Hollywood" issue and featured an all-female cast of Hollywood greats like Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Sophia Loren. 2001 was the break out year for Penelope Cruz, when she starred in Vanilla Sky opposite Tom Cruise, and Blow opposite Johnny Depp - landing her on the cover two years in a row! 
From left: Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, 
Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, 

Kate Winslet, Vanessa Redgrave, Chloë Sevigny, 
Sophia Loren, and Penélope Cruz.

The 2003 and 2004 issues brought back the boys versus girls covers and we love both of them! The men all drove themselves to the studio and agreed to wear their own clothes, of their choice. Don't they just look so dapper? 
From left to right: Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Ewan McGregor, and Matt Damon
The women of the 2004 issue all look equally stunning and again, we love the subtle use of colour for their styling. The luxurious evening wear looks striking against the run down background. Gwyneth makes her third appearance on the Hollywood issue and up-and-coming starlets Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lucy Liu and Kirsten Dunst shine in this shoot. 
From left to right: Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, Hilary Swank, 

Alison Lohman, Scarlett Johansson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The 2006 cover was like none that had ever been done before. Originally, the cover was intended for only Scarlett Johanesson and Keira Knightly. Tom Ford was guest editing the edition, and Annie Leibovitz (who was shooting the cover), suggest he jump in for a photograph to commemorate the event. He looked so good in the picture, that they decided to keep shooting and thus this first of its kind cover was born. 
2011's cover was all about dramatics and spoke to an old Hollywood glamour. This cover featured mostly new Hollywood stars, who are rising onto a path of great success like Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Olivia Wilde. Doesn't Mila Kunis look ravishing? 
From left to right: Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Robert Duvall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Garrett Hedlund, and Noomi Rapace.
2012's cover is beautiful and features an all-female cast of on the rise stars. Making it on this very coveted list include Oscar nominated Rooney Mara, of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame, Jennifer Lawrence, up-and-coming actress and star of the soon to be booming Hunger Games franchise and Shailene Woodley of the Oscar nominated and highly acclaimed film The Descendents
From left to right: Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling.

These covers have become iconic over the past sixteen years and every year brings in another set of fresh-faced, inspiring stars to gawk at. We can't wait to see who makes the cut next year! Tune into Ruby bright and early tomorrow for our scoop on the Oscars

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