06/05/2015 03:14 EDT | Updated 06/05/2015 03:59 EDT

Vogue Italia's Latest Issue Is Dedicated To China

The issue also marks the first time Steven Meisel hasn't shot the cover in 27 years.

Vogue Italia's June 2015 cover is pretty major, in more ways than one.

The issue, which features four stunning covers, is dedicated to China. The theme seems timely, especially with the Met's Costume Institute exhibit, "China: Through The Looking Glass," currently on view. There's just something about the Asian country that's undeniably intriguing to the the fashion industry, apparently.

But that's not to say the admiration is unwarranted -- it's great to see China and its culture in the fashion spotlight, especially in an industry that's so heavily westernized. Though, as always, we do have to point out the fact that once again, China is restricted to its own special mag, instead of just being included in the typical monthly issues. This separation tends to happen whenever a glossy focuses on diversity -- the differences are just further highlighted because the issues are specifically themed (read: V's "Asian Issue," Vogue Italia's "All Black" issue).

It's also great to see Chinese models featured on the Italian issue's covers. The cover images, which are all distinctly different, were shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, Steven Klein, Craig McDean and Mario Sorrenti. Chinese models Fei Fei Sun, Xiao Wen Ju, Fernanda Ly, Gia Tang, Jing Wen and Yuan Bo Chao are all featured on the issue and look stunning. Check them out below:

Fernanda Ly, Gia Tang & Jing Wen by Mario Sorrenti

Xiao Wen Ju by Steven Klein

Fei Fei Sun by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggo

Yuan Bo Chao by Craig McDean

What's also interesting about this issue is the fact that Mario Sorrenti is absent from the lineup of photographers. The famed fashion photog has captured Vogue Italia's covers since 1988, and this issue, that 27-year streak comes to an end.

According to, a Vogue Italia cover is often seen as a launchpad for new models, with plenty of women being thrust into the fashion spotlight after appearing in front of Meisel's lens.

Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief- Franca Sozzani told WWD the four photographers were chosen because they are the "most important photographers of the new generation after names such as Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino." She also made sure to note that the magazine will continue to work with Meisel in the future. (So for all those who think there may be some bad blood there, don't fret!)

What do you think of the new covers? Let us know in the comments below.

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