British Vogue: 100th Anniversary Celebration

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

September 2016: first British Vogue issue ©Vogue

September 1916: first British Vogue issue
©Vogue

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

Super Models on the British Vogue cover in 1990 © Vogue

Super Models on the British Vogue cover in 1990
© Vogue

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.

 

Photographers

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.

Kate Moss shot by Mario Testino, September 2004 © Vogue

Kate Moss shot by Mario Testino, September 2004
© Vogue

Lily Donaldson shot by Nick Knight, 2008 ©Nick Knight

Lily Donaldson shot by Nick Knight, 2008
©Nick Knight

Alexander McQueen shot by Tim Walker ©Tim Walker

Alexander McQueen shot by Tim Walker
©Tim Walker

Patrick Demarchelier shot  Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington in 1990  ©Vogue

Patrick Demarchelier shot Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington in 1990
©Vogue

Vogue and the Royal Family

Kate Middleton on the British Vogue cover © Vanity Fair

Kate Middleton on the British Vogue cover
© Vanity Fair

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