Friday, August 22, 2008

Vintage Vogue


As I've been sitting here at my computer waiting for the Sept. issue of Vogue to arrive, I've been pondering their choice of cover models. The likes of Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few, don't inspire or excite me. These women have stylists who choose the clothes they wear not just for magazine covers and premiers but for coffee runs and shopping excursions. Where's the fun in that? What inspiration can readers get from movie stars who have to be taught how to say Givenchy and don't know the difference between sheath and chiffon?
That's why I'm always looking back at old Vogue covers and images where models, socialites and even actors lived for fashion and took care to educate themselves on designers and clothes.

Some of my favorite vintage covers and images:

(Photos: Condé Nast)

Sra. Antonella Agnelli

British Vogue, Linda Evangelista Oct. 1991
Kate Moss's first Vogue cover, Oct. 1991

Sophia Lauren, Vogue Nov. 1962

Ruth Covell and Marion Morehouse, Vogue Oct. 1932
Marlene Deitrich, Vogue
Suzy Parker, Vogue Oct. 1953

Veruschka, Vogue July 1968
Wallis Simpson, Vogue March 1951
Twiggy, Vogue March 1967

Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Vogue June 1991

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I love the Sophia Lauren shot. Oh, and, quite obviously, the twiggy photo.

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OH MY GOD!!! i'm so glad that someone brought this topic up. we had a huge discussion about how hollywood glamour is long gone, in our fashion history class!! i think it's awfully sad. the vogue of today is really not like what it used to be. it really used to be about glamour and the bling bling. i especially love that cover with linda evangelista, and i want that hat! :) but yeah, people like sienna miller, etc, i mean, i don't even know who they are.

Sandra Mendoza-Daly said...

Ooh! Thank you for the mag eye candy. I love the Sofia Loren and Linda, Christy, Cindy covers.

It is sad that individual style and glamour is gone. But Hollywood stylists were around since its golden age. They just didn't style every little outfit. But I think women in general had a better sense of style. We dressed up. It's a lost art.

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I so love the Veruschka shot! She simply looks so fierce! I love her!

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