MILAN — Vogue Italia, the Italian monthly known for its cutting-edge fashion vision, is holding an exhibition called “The Covers: Vogue Italia 1988 – 2002,” with the most representative covers shot by Steven Meisel. It will take place at Vittoriano in Rome.

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The exhibition, which started Tuesday and runs through Aug. 30, summarizes the evolution of style, from uptown chic to grunge and from super sexy to glammed-out luxe.

The 150 photos on display include a platinum blonde Madonna in a sex kitten pose à la Marilyn Monroe; Linda Evangelista playing up Sophia Loren’s Mediterranean steam, and Claudia Schiffer doing Brigitte Bardot with tousled blonde locks.

“A great fashion photo, shot by a great artist, recounts an era better than a hundred articles because it’s immediate and projected into the future,” said Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia.