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07/31/2014 05:47 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2014

Harper's Bazaar's 'Iconic' September Issue Took 30 Years & One Ruined Chanel Skirt To Make

Ask any person who has ever worked on a highly anticipated September issue of a magazine and they'll tell you: it's no easy task. Editors start planning for the coveted glossy months -- and in the case of Harper's Bazaar -- years in advance.

Women's Wear Daily reported Thursday that the publication's September edition will feature a spread of 16 "icons" (Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour and Claudia Schiffer to name a few) and three separate covers, all completely designed by global fashion director Carine Roitfeld and featured in all 30 editions. "This is a portfolio I’ve been dreaming of wanting to do even over my 30 years in the business. You need a magazine that has big shoulders for such a project," Roitfeld told WWD.

This marks the first time Roitfeld's work will appear on the cover of Bazaar's U.S. edition, and was put entirely under her control. Every decision -- from the models, to the clothes, to the length of Lady Gaga's Chanel skirt (which she cut herself to make shorter) -- was in her hands. And the results are pretty epic. After all, anything that brings our favorite '90's supermodels back together is kind of fool-proof.

We'll have to wait until the mag hits newsstands Aug 19 to see the actual shoot itself, but for now, check out some of the covers and images and click here to see the entire portfolio.

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