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Most of this is not one of the conventional Bodonis or Didots, but Perla, “a didot in upper case only, but with a set of decorative alternate characters mixing semi-cyrillic and lower case influences.” — Alias
Here it is used in all caps, without its characteristic unicase glyphs, devoid of the ball terminals “in inappropriate places”. Among the few places where its quirkiness still shines through are the numerals and the wide ‘W’. The Mondo Grosso artwork is actually the original use of Perla’s caps. From the Alias blog:
Perla was in fact a combination of two commissions, for two music industry projects. Its more expressive forms were originally for Polish pop singer Edyta Gorniak, hence the east European reference point in some of its character shapes. Didot, with Bodoni, is of course a font closely associated with fashion, whether for fashion house logotypes such as Burberry and Armani, or magazines including Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. The letterforms tapped into this heritage with an extra rounded fluidity and swash-like decoration.
In its purer caps form it was drawn and used for Japanese pop-funk band Mondo Grosso, with reference to an old drawing of the elegant Firmin Didot type. Mondo Grosso, again, were keen to focus on the fashion influence, and its simple elegance was a counterpoint to its pop Japanese context.
Thanks Florian! Glad to see the guys behind the album cover add some hi-res image!