This beautiful book cover by Malika Favre was rejected by Penguin… for being too tame and not sexy enough.
So Malika Favre designed the cover below, and I must agree that that’s a bit more daring. But still… you’ve got to love both designs for being so subtle and direct at the same time.
Favre about the brief and process: I was approached last summer by Paul Buckley at Penguin US about designing the cover of a new Deluxe edition of the Kamasutra for Penguin. This book is part of the Graphic Classics series: Basically every classic they re-edit is paired up with an artist that pretty much has free range to design the cover. The whole concept of this specific range is to make each classic a collectable item and to push the boundaries of book cover design.
The book itself is the original text written by Vatsyayana (no pictures inside the book) so the challenge was to make the cover sexy, modern and daring without being vulgar or over the top. I decided to create a very bold and playful alphabet that would run across both flaps and front and back cover spelling Kamasutra.
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