By Liana Jacob
GLOSSY photographs illustrating the changing face of Vogue as a fashion guide for influential readers across the globe have been revealed in a new book documenting its diverse front covers through the years.
The incredible pictures show the evolution of Vogue with vintage themes such as American Independence Day being depicted.
These covers come in the form of a woman carefully applying lipstick with fashion statement white-framed glasses in the late-thirties and a slender outline of a woman in a white dress with an American flag on either side of her, published in 1942.
Other Vogue covers reveal more modern fashion icons including, Michelle Obama, Gigi Hadid, Penelope Cruz and Natalie Portman.
The pictures are included in a book called Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian and published by Abrams & Chronicle.
Dodie Kazanjian, who lives in New York, USA, has covered the art for Vogue since 1989 and is also the founder and director of Gallery Met.
“Vogue covers have been talking to us for 125-years, and the conversation has seldom failed to reveal interesting things about who we are and who we want to be,” she said.
“Most of the real people on Wintour’s covers were really famous-Opera Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and a seemingly endless procession of Hollywood’s biggest film stars, notably Nicole Kidman (eight covers, including Irving Penn’s iconic shot of her in profile, bare back set off by a double rope of diamonds), Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman and on and on.
“Nobody is anonymous here. Once again, Vogue was tapping into the cultural Zeitgeist. Supermodels were dwindling, and it was the actresses, as anyone could tell on Oscar night, who personified fashion’s power to enthral.”
Published by Abrams & Chronicle, Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian, is available here for RRP £45: http://www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/photography/9781419727535-vogue-the-covers-updated-edition