The Vogue books are extremely interesting and informative in my opinion. Because it doesn’t focus only at the magazine but in fashion history itself – and let’s be honest here, Vogue is one of the oldest fashion magazines in history so it’s a certainty that some very interesting piece of history happened in there. Here are a few of my own personal favourites, among the millions and millions they published. I thought about posting about them individually, so if you want me to show more one of them just let me know.
This book gives you an insight of the process of creating fashion images. The not so good shots, the trials and errors and how the great photographers dealt with them. It’s really interesting to see the “behind the scenes” from before Twitter and Instagram. Now we have constant access to what happens in fashion but it was not always like that. This books shows that and the first attempts from several amazing photographers. You get to see what it got rejected and understand why. It’s really informal and rich.
“A book that stopped at changing hemlines”, that was Georgina Howell’s plan when she wrote this book. This books is quite old (1991) and it was quite hard to find, so you can imagine my happiness when I found it at the library at university. It is so interesting, it’s about the periods of history and how the magazine portrait it but also about how they portrait the people and their lives. And the images are splendid as well. It’s presented in a different way of the typical “magazines” books. You can find it on Amazon but from third-part sellers.
When I got this book I thought it would be all about advertising and illustrations. But, it goes deeper into history and how the role of women changed through time as well as how they saw themselves. How mass production in the States helped ladies that couldn’t afford Dior or Poiret dress in nice ways. Most importantly how advertising and fashion media helped to mold culture. This book is based on the American Vogue – therefore is a different approach from Georgina’s book which is based on British Vogue.
A must have/read for everyone who likes fashion or studies. This book is a compilation of information about decades, designers, it’s pretty much loads of history, so if you like history of fashion you’ll probably love this book. It’s very detailed as well, which is good. It goes back and forth from fashion history to Vogue and like the other ones, how Vogue portrait the passage of time.
If you guys want me to post more about one of them (or all of them) please let me know ;)
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