Martha Stewart Living Sweetens 25th Anniversary Issue With Will Cotton Cover

December/January Collector's Edition coats its namesake with royal icing.

The 25th anniversary issue of Martha Stewart Living, which arrives on newsstands next Monday, is more like Martha Stewart Shimmering.


Seeking to create “Visions of Sugar” for the cover, artist Will Cotton worked with Stewart at his downtown Manhattan studio. After Stewart donned a white Valentino dress, Cotton battered her up a more practical form of sugar, flour and egg whites – an inedible material that looks like royal icing, but did not break when bent. He then had the media icon pose for him as he created the final painted illustration, above.

The Martha Stewart Living cover is also reminiscent of one of the ways Cotton framed actress Elle Fanning in the 2013 Spring Fashion Issue of New York magazine. However, only the forthcoming MSL issue comes with a 25-day Advent cookie calendar.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.