First, there was Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery. Then, Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue on BBC Two took viewers through the magazine’s revolving doors to the secret workings of its cover shoots and glittering celebrity gatherings. Now, British Vogue continues celebrating its 100th birthday with Vogue: Voice of a Century, an sumptuous limited-edition tome which brings together photographs, illustrations, correspondence and interviews from the magazine over the century.
Forget all the other Vogue books you’ve seen; Voice of a Century is the real deal. The images are stunning – and stunningly edited – and come accompanied by memories and commentary from those who helped to create them. For tasters, photographer Juergen Teller recollects his first surreal meeting with late Vogue editor Isabella Blow, while Kate Moss looks back at a trip to Nepal with Christy Turlington and the Vogue team, where the models rode on elephants for a shoot.
Voice of a Century was published September 15, the same date the first edition of the magazine was released in 1916. Strictly limited to 1,916 copies, each 448-page volume costs a hefty £695 and is individually signed by at least 8 major contributors including Moss, Barbara Hulanicki, Grace Coddington, Naomi Campbell, Grace Coddington, Patrick Demarchelier, Twiggy, Tim Walker and current long term editor Alexandra Shulman. One for the Christmas list, perhaps – if you’ve been very, very well-behaved.