Design by Janet Perr
The primary color-rich cover of Lauper’s debut perfectly caught her bubbly persona.
“Cyndi kept saying how she wanted peeling paint and walls that looked distressed,” recalls designer Janet Perr, “and I thought Coney Island. I knew that there were a lot of abandoned, boarded up buildings there. And of course, because it was by the beach, the lighting would be really beautiful.
“We were on the boardwalk with a boom box, and Cyndi had on happy wheels demo a great vintage dress, and she was dancing with her shoes off. She was really like that – flouncy and jumping around – and I think that really came out in the photo shoot.”
Annie Leibovitz snapped Lauper in a pose like a new wave marionette.
The result: 16 million albums sold and a Grammy for design to Perr. “It was a great thing for me,” Perr recalls, “because the Rolling Stones called the week after.”
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