Designers are weird. Fashion is weird. Models strapped to other models walking down a catwalk is weird (search Rick Owens catwalk), but thats the industry for you. Fashion can be actually quite scary, but wonderfully fascinating all at the same time.
However, admits the madness some greatness has come from the bizarre world of fashion. For some it can change your mood, change history and peoples perceptions. Who’d have thought women would be galavanting around in suits and trainers when back in the day dresses and skirts were the done thing and the idea of a matching suit and clean white trainers would be absolutely monstrous. Fashion can shape who you are and who you want to be. It may sound ridiculously stupid to some, but when I’m wearing something I love I feel like I can take on anything and anyone. Not much else does that for me.
So, amongst many others I’m very excited for next year, as we see British Vogue celebrate 100 years of style. It has been in publication since autumn of 1916 and has dominated the shelves ever since. It’s the go to place to find out everything to do with fashion and is basically THE fashion bible. British Vogue today’s current editor-in-chief is Alexandra Shulman, who took over in 1992. She has gained more than a million readers and is known for her attempt to change the face of fashion, by pushing designers to stop using ‘size zero’ models to promote their label.
Next year will not only see the big 100 but the BBC2 documentary will be aired to celebrate it and I am SO EXCITED. The series will go behind-the-scenes at Vogue, both in the office and on location. It will capture the editors as they attend the international fashion weeks and will also explore the processes and people behind the decisions that go in to the making of each issue. That will mean nothing to some people, but I am really counting down the days.
This blog post may seem a bit of a ramble but I promise it does actually have a point. I thought it would be a great excuse for another blog post to look at my favourite Vogue covers from all over the globe to commemorate the big birthday. Anna Wintour has said “The best cover is always the next one, the one you haven’t seen yet.”
So, here are my favourite covers from the glorious fashion magazine house that is Vogue, enjoy.
P.s Happy bday in advance Vogue x
The ‘doe eye’ cover shot by Blumenfeld for Vogue in 1950. Jean Patchett was reduced to a flat white background with a perfect pair of red lips, a beauty spot and one eye highlighted by a single flick of eyeliner.
Vogue back in 1902, illustrated by Ethel Wright. Wright was a Victorian-era painter, who throughout her career exhibited a total of 39 works at London’s Royal Academy between 1888 and 1929. This feels to me a bit gatsby-ish (not a word I know).
Salvador Dalí. The iconic surrealist painter contributed paintings and illustrations to the magazine from the 1930s to the 1970s. Dalí is one of my favourite artists of all time, so I love this cover. This was April 1944.
This cover features a US Vogue image, borrowed in order that the British magazine can maintain the highest level of luxury while its most prized photographers are away at war. How lovely eh? December 1940.
In this memorable cover of Vogue magazine, model Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn poses in a blue and white bathing suit while sitting in a ‘V’ position, to spell out the word ‘Vogue,’ as pictured in the heading above. Horst P. Horst photographed this for the June 1, 1940, issue.
Kate Moss on French Vogue‘s Christmas/Music issue and May. She’s been transformed convincingly into David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust,from the hair to the outfit to her anchor tattoo.
Vogue Paris October 2010 With Lara Stone shot by by Mert & Marcus. This is one of my favourite covers EVER.
Lady Gaga 2010. Her cover shoot for Vogue Hommes Japan put animal activits in a rage when she graced the cover wearing nothing but pieces of raw meat.
This light-hearted and patriotic cover was photographed by Horst P. Horst for the July 1, 1939, issue of Vogue magazine. It features the fashion model Muriel Maxwell, dressed in a white blouse, matching sunglasses, and applying red lipstick using the inside mirror of her red-and-white striped purse.
Horst P. Horst’s November 1, 1939 cover of Vogue.