Caitriona Balfe in a slinky black dress and top hat for the February 2001 issue of Irish Tatler

Caitriona Balfe in a slinky black dress and top hat for the February 2001 issue of Irish TatlerKip Carroll, Irish Tatler 2001

July cover star and Outlander actress Caitriona Balfe's throwback modelling images have been released. 

Irish actress and former model Caitriona Balfe is a dream in romantic florals and lilacs on the cover of the new issue of Irish Tatler magazine, but her first cover shoot more than 17 years ago was a different, much more mysterious proposition! 

Back in her modelling hey day, Balfe starred on the cover of the February 2001 issue of Irish Tatler magazine, then known as IT, in a specially commissioned shoot heralding the return of the black dress. 

Titled Black Vanity, the shoot, shot by Irish fashion photographer Kip Carroll sees the Monaghan model sporting full length gowns and sequins by designers like Dries van Noten and Irish vintage label Jenny Vander. 

"It's official - black is back," reads the editorial, name checking the black dress as the "quintessential classic staple that exudes a simple, sexy, sophistication." Balfe shows off a slinky, backless dress, complete with top hat, lots of satin and lace and, dare we say it, some very early noughties eyebrow action. 

It's hard to believe that nearly 18 years have passed from Caitriona's last cover shoot to her current one, as the model-turned-actress continues to shine as one of the most beautiful Irish women to grace the cover of glossy magazines world wide. 

The February 2001 cover of Irish Tatler

The February 2001 cover of Irish Tatler

             

This month's Irish Tatler showcases a much lighter, romance-filled fashion rail, with floaty pieces from Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana all featuring, as well as a full interview in which Balfe reveals her latest role alongside Matt Damon and Christian Bale as well as talking about her rise to fame in Outlander and tackles the sensitive issue of #MeToo in Hollywood.


July 2018 Irish Tatler

July 2018 Irish Tatler

The July issue of Irish Tatler is in shops now.

The February 2001 one, however, is officially so last decade. 

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