In 1909, an entrepreneurial New Yorker named Condé Nast took charge of a struggling society journal and transformed it into the most glamorous fashion magazine of the twentieth century. What started as a social gazette in the late nineteenth century has these days the status as the world's most influential magazine, named Vogue.
Today I took a look at their cover archives what actually means I browsed through more than 300 of the most beautiful, provocative and fashion-forward cover ever produces. What intrigues me even more are the stories behind the cover themselves. They really chart the evolution of fashion, art, culture and photography for the past 120 years. Here are some of my favorite and most significant covers.
The focus of this issue is on how to maintain a younger-looking appearance as well as the importance of keeping oneself in shape because being out of shape "undermines present usefulness and future loveliness". Uhm okay???(august 1942)
Audrey Hepburn (may 1952) - Sophia Loren (july 1965)
Donyale Luna becomes the first cover model of ethnic origin for Vogue, for an issue entitled Eye on the International Collections. (march 1966)
Samantha Jones (march 1967) - Twiggy (july 1967)
Lesley Jones (october - december 1968)
Beverly Johnson made history when she rose to fame as the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue (august 1974) - Naomi Campbell (december 1987)
Cindy Crawford (january 1987) and Claudia Schiffer (october 1989) were two of the original supermodels who shot to fame in the late Eighties and set the mould for fixture catwalk stars and cover girls. I also named my doll Claudia after Claudia Schiffer, but never mind.
Kate Moss (december 2001) changed the look of modelling and started a global debate on eating disorders and her role in size zero fashion. Uhm, can somebody remind me why we love her so much?
plus size models in Vogue Italia (june 2011) - Lara Stone (november 2010)
Adele (october 2011)
Yay, for curvy bodies on Vogue covers! Vogue Italia put three plus size models on their cover and Lara Stone makes with her size 4 progress on vanishing the anorexic look in the fashion world.