American fashion magazine, founded in 1892 by Arthur B. Turnure. When Condé William Nast, the son of a renowned American cartoonist, purchased the magazine in 1909, it became the most respected fashion magazine in the world. Thanks to the untiring energy and the extraordinary acumen of the journalist Edna Woolman Chase, who worked for Vogue from 1895 until 1957, Nast, a skilled “dream merchant,” succeeded in hiring the best known illustrators of the period, such as Lepape, Vertés and Benito, and the most respected writers. But it was photography that became his obsession, and in fact he was one of the first to consider it as an authentic art form. Nast persuaded Cecil Beaton, who had joined Vogue as an illustrator, to venture into photography, much as he had convinced Edward Steichen to give up painting in order to become the great photographer that he ultimately proved to be. The relationships between Condé Nast and his workers were very possessive, and when one of his employees went over to the competition, he would be quite upset. This was what happened with Adolphe de Mayer, one of the first great photographers of the 1920s, when he was hired by Harper’s Bazaar, the rival magazine, published by Randolph Hearst. But the biggest heartbreak for Condé Nast was linked to Carmel Snow, his exceptional editor, who dared to become the editor-in-chief of the rival publication. The best photographers on earth published their work in the pages of Vogue: Man Ray, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst, and Jacques-Henri Lartigue. This was a characteristic that lived on, even after the earthquake in ownership caused by the crisis of 1929 and after the death of Nast himself in 1942, with the transition to ownership by the Newhouse family. Nowadays Vogue has eleven editions in eleven countries (the Italian edition was founded in 1965, with the absorption of the magazine Novità and, since 1988, is has been edited by Franca Sozzani). The magazine’s level of quality and prestige has always remained impeccable, just as during the life of Condé Nast. Thanks to this extraordinary continuity it is possible, as Alexander Liberman, the long-time art director of the monthly, once said, to reconstruct through Vogue an unparalleled visual history of the fashion and elegance of an entire century.
&Quad;2001. Prince Charles of England posed as a model for the Peruvian photographer Mario Testino. The four poses, shot in the full relaxation of the estate of Highgrove, were published in mid- January in the English edition. Two more photographs from the shoot were displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London in February.
&Quad;One year exactly after the attack on the Twin Towers, Vogue and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) marketed a T-“shirt with the signatures of 241 American fashion designers, to gather money for the Twin Towers Fund.
&Quad;Fourteen years of Vogue Italia on exhibit at the Musei Capitolini. The exhibition ‘The Covers of Vogue Italia 1988-2002′ features 160 covers from the Italian edition, edited by Franca Sozzani.
&Quad;2002, October. Tom Ford, fashion designer of the year, Karolina Kurkova best top model, Alexander McQueen “revolutionary” designer: these were the decisions of the Vogue Fashion Awards, the annual ceremony that is held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
&Quad;2003, May. At Pitti Immagine, ‘the Children of Vogue,’ a photography exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. The 150 portraits done by the great artists of photography are a tribute to the 30 years of Vogue Bambini.