‘When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. It just felt it fed me more.’ /Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City/
The fashion industry’s monthly Bible has to be Vogue magazine. The magazine contains articles mostly about fashion (more specifically haute couture), beauty and lifestyle. It was already founded in 1892 in the USA by an American businessman, Arthur Baldwin Turner and was published first as a weekly newspaper. In 1905 the magazine was bought by Condé Nast.
Vogue has spread from the USA and today it is published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Thailand and Arabia.
From 1988 the editor in chief for Vogue is Anna Wintour. She was born in 1949 in London. Her career started at Harper’s Bazaar and then in she changed to British Vogue in 1986. She wears her signature look, the bob haircut since she was 15 years old and she is rare to be seen without sunglasses.
Time Magazine claims ‘Runway shows don’t start until she arrives. Designers succeed because she anoints them. Trend are created or crippled on her command.’ Today she is the most influential woman in the fashion industry and is the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of New York so she organizes the MET Gala every year. The First Monday in May documentaey captures how the event is organized.
She supported and raised today’s famous John Galliano and Michael Kors. She declared the magazine’s main goal: ‘Vogue is the best of evrything that fashion can offer and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamourous girlfriend.’
Fun facts about Vogue:
Mexican Vogue featured a portrait of Frida Kahlo on the cover in 1937.
Vogue’s photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.
The first celebrity cover featured Madonna in 1989.
Kate Moss has the most (over 60) Vogue covers.
There is only 8 American Vogue covers that feature a man including George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Richard Gere.
Salvador Dalí made illustrations for Vogue covers in 1939 and 1944.
The September issue is the most important one in each year because it influences the whole season. The September Issue documentary shows how much it takes to make such an influential magazine.
Anna Wintour’s former assistant, Lauren Weisberger wrote the famous The Devil wears Prada novel. People often compare Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep’s character in the movie. She attended the premier and wore Prada.
Today there are special editions of Vogue such as Teen Vogue and Men’s Vogue.
Fashion designer, Vera Wang started as an assistant at Vogue.
Alexander Wang and Joan Didion also used to work for Vogue.
The largest edition of Vogue weighs 4.5 pounds and has 916 pages in September 2012.
42% of online Vouge’s readers are men.
71K issues of Vogue are sold in half a year only in the UK.