(Art)Books we love | Vogue 100

This #artbookfriday is also a big homage to THE fashion magazine – Vogue. To be exact the book I’d like to tell you about today is made on the occasion of 100 years of the British Vogue. The edition of the American magazine was founded in 1916 because the USA stopped all transports to Europe because of World War I. A pretty sad occasion but still that’s the reason why there is a British Vogue until today.

The book is a companion of the exhibition “Vogue 100: A Century of Style” at National Portrait Gallery in London. Our contributing author Ann-Katrin will tell you more about that very soon! But I couldn’t wait for her post, so I had to get the catalogue which was recently published in German by Hatje Cantz. It’s a real coffee table edition and I fell in love with it immediately. It has a very elegant cover on the dust jacket and I think the grey binding with the title imprint is even more elegant.

The book has ten extensive chapters, one for every decade, including material from 2000 magazines. I love how you can follow the evolvement of fashion photography and the style of the magazine. It was so different a hundred years ago. I am in a Vogue state of mind anyway since I’ve seen the Horst P. Horst exhibition the other day. Vogue is not just one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world it’s a documentation of our culture. Vogue was never just about fashion, there have been articles about living, interior, food, art and lifestyle.

The book therefore focuses on faces that have become icons: artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst and Henri Matisse; stars ranging from Rudolph Valentino and Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow and David Beckham; and prominent women such as the Queen or Lady Diana Spencer. The volume naturally also features the fashion designers who defined the century—Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent among them—and reflects the ever-changing female silhouette. And of course there’re some of the most famous fashion photographers in there: David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, Lord Snowdon and Mario Testino.

Don’t get me wrong there’re mainly images in there, but also great texts by people connected to the magazine and unpublished archive material written by Cecil Beaton, Aldous Huxley, Lee Miller or Virginia Woolf. Well and many more 😉

If you’re a fashion lover this is a must-have for you!

The Book

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#artbook | VOGUE 100

#editor | Robin Muir

#author | Nicholas Cullinan, Leon Max, Robin Muir, Alexandra Shulman

#language | German

#publishing house | Hatje Cantz

#ISBN | 978-3-7757-4083-8

#pages | 304

#published | 2016

you can get your copy here.

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