I recently took up a drawing class and my obsession with art is growing rapidly since than. Especially with the cool fashion illustrations and sketches, they make me want to learn drawing and illustrating even more.
When I was searching for some fashion inspiration yesterday, I accidentally ran into some vintage Vogue fashion covers. I was absolutely fascinated with the brilliant artists who made this covers and I wish Vogue would create some of the new covers, using illustrations.
As you probably know by now, if you are even remotely interested in fashion, Vogue is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine. Vogue means ”style” in French, which is definitely appropriate, considering many people look up to Vogue for fashion and style inspiration.
Vogue: past and present
Vogue was founded in 1892 in the United States by Arthur Baldwin Turnure. At the beginning the magazine was meant for the social elite, for the New York’s upper class. The magazine covered fashion, sport and social affairs, both men and women had something to read.
When Condé Montrose Nast took over in 1905 the publication gradually started to gain more attraction. The magazine started to focus on women, fashion, beauty and etiquette. Nast expanded the magazine to other countries and hired the best illustrators and photographers. The magazine soon became known after it’s high quality editorials.
In the 1960s Diana Vreeland became editor-in-chief and Vogue started to explore more controversial topics as well, by focusing on contemporary fashion and editorial features that openly discussed sexuality.
The reign of Anna Wintour
In 1988 probably the most famous editor-in-chief took over. Anna Wintour became the queen of style and a fashion icon for many. She had an enormous impact on the magazine, although she faced many critics over throughout her career. She is supposedly a bit cold and difficult to work with and she herself admits that she is very driven by what she does and highly competitive.
The famous novel ”The devil wears Prada” is supposedly based on Anna Wintour, since it was written by her former assistent Lauren Weisberger.
In 2009 The New York Times christened Vogue “high fashion’s bible.”