The fashion magazine Vogue has been in print for over 120 years. Founded in the United States in 1892, Vogue was a fashion magazine aimed at women but which also catered for men with articles about sport and society affairs.
In 1905 the publisher Condé Nast purchased the magazine and began expanding its circulation. The magazine was introduced over the next two decades to Europe and to many English-speaking countries thereafter.
Vogue remained at the forefront of fashion reporting throughout this period and moved with the technological times by featuring colour photographs on its front page in the thirties. Although sometimes criticised for contributing to the decline in fashion illustration by choosing lens over pens, the magazine stayed at the forefront of fashion photography and its covers became features in themselves.
Something happened to fashion in the sixties, as any objective scrutiny of pop music photography will attest. Trousers and beards became longer, while skirts became shorter. Throughout that period Vogue, under editor Diana Vreeland, embraced the spirit of candour about sexuality. Twiggy, among others, graced the magazine’s front page.
The Wintour Years
One of the giants of the fashion industry, allegedly depicted in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, is Anna Wintour. The seventh chief editor of Vogue, and still at the helm in 2015, Wintour made her mark immediately with her first front cover in 1988. A full-length shot of an Israeli model marked a move from facial close-ups. For the last quarter of a century, Wintour has led Vogue through various technological and fashion changes.
So, that is a potted history of Vogue. What the future holds is uncertain, but its 123 year history suggests that Vogue is well placed to reflect upon, and perhaps influence, the forthcoming developments in fashion.
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