Vogue: The Covers Hardcover – Oct 1 2011
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About the Author
Dodie Kazanjian has covered the art world for Vogue since 1989. She is also the founder and director of Gallery Met, the nonprofit contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera. She is married to writer Calvin Tomkins and lives in New York City.
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Beautifully done! Much to lean about advertising from the past
and see how it spills over into current times.
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5 poster boards, the approximate size of the book (12"x9") are inserted in the book and there is an index. Each cover has the person responsible for it and sometimes the name of the face on the cover shot. A forward and an introduction sum up the influences of Vogue. Sections are divided by decade, with a bit of text to tell what it was about. Some of the covers are very small, others full page
This is a history of fashion and style, that "held a mirror up to their times". We see covers progress from drawings to clothes and artistic flair to the faces of the beautiful and glamorous. Those who are fans of art, magazines, especially of Vogue, the visual arts or fashion would enjoy this book.
The first chapter is of covers from the "1890's - 1900's". After that, each chapter covers one decade, starting with the 1910s and ending with the 2000s.
The Forward and the Introduction to the whole book are OK, but it's the short & sweet introduction to each chapter that is fun to read. It lists important milestones of the decade, not just in fashion, but in every area of life. So, for example, the introduction to the first chapter, the 1890's - 1900's, includes:
"... flocking to Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Ernest" ... and snapping photos with George Eastman's lightweight, user-friendly Kodak box camera ... "Vogue" makes its debut..."
This book shows off only a sampling of the covers, not all of them, which makes you wonder what wonderful covers may have been left out. Illustrations were used until the 1930's, when they started using photographs for covers, though not every cover. In the 40's, the covers are all photographs, but generally stylized artsy photographs. In the 60's, Vogue started the celebrity covers, which meant that fashion and graphic design and art very often took a back seat or were totally missing. By the 70's, the usual cover was just a closeup of a person, often a celebrity. These are fun to page through for the history of celebrity (and hairstyles and make-up trends), but not beautiful the way the old covers were. The exception, I must say, is a closeup of Elizabeth Taylor on the April 15, 1971, cover. Wow.
The more recent covers have the handicap, when looking at them for beauty, of having lots of text all over, frequently large text. I realize that the text has a purpose, it's needed to grab the potential buyer. But it certainly detracts from the cover image, especially when you compare recent covers to those of yore.
Each person paging through this book will find different favorite covers, for different reasons. It's certainly hard to pick only a couple. But I gave it a try, and scanned two covers and added the photos above.
I was lucky enough to receive this book as a gift. I would recommend it for anyone's Wish List!