A few weeks ago, Britons were proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their most influential fashion magazine: Vogue. For this occasion, the National Portrait Gallery in London presented the history of the magazine from the very first issue of British Vogue in 1916 to the Swinging London. Also, the most famous photographers and models who made the magazine even more interesting were included. Because we are fans of fashion and Vogue, we decided to highlight the four most important parts that makes Vogue the most significant magazine of all time.
1916: The start of a new Vogue era for England
It’s 1916 the world is at war. Transatlantic shipments from America are being restricted to Europe. Living on an island, it was difficult to get everything you needed, including a Vogue issue! Not wanting to disfavor Vogue lovers, Condé Nast authorised a British edition to enable the magazine’s fans to follow the fashion. In September 1916: British Vogue was born. It was an immediate success, which over the decades continued being fruitful.
The Super models
Vogue is also all about the supermodels. Twiggy, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne and many more have all been on the covers of British Vogue. I am sure you have all seen the famous cover page in 1990 shot by Peter Lindbergh with all the famous models of the time. This redefined the supermodel era.
These beautiful pictures would not have been there without the amazing photographers, who have worked for Vogue. I am talking about Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Nick Knight, Tim Walker, Patrick Demarchelier and many more. Some of their covers and editorials have become legendary. Here are a few series of famous photographs, which were seen in Vogue.
Vogue and the Royal Family
Without a doubt, British Vogue is proud of the royal family and will show it. In 1950, when Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne, a special cover was created. So to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vogue, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was chosen to be on the front cover.
Written by Emilie Heyl