For me, magazines are the ultimate way to pass the time. One of my favourite things to do is to find a quiet corner, put my feet up and read a magazine from cover to cover, completely undisturbed.
In The Devil Wears Prada, Stanley Tucci’s character Nigel makes a statement to Andy about the how the magazine has published some of the greatest artists of the century. I love that because it rings true, it is not just words in a script.
Nigel: “Don’t you know that you are working at the place that published some of the greatest artists of the century? Halston, Lagerfeld, de la Renta. And what they did, what they created was greater than art because you live your life in it. … You think this is just a magazine, hmm? This is not just a magazine. This is a shining beacon of hope… ”
They say to never judge a book by its cover. Well, when it comes to magazines, the cover is the most important aspect of the whole magazine. If the cover does not make you want to instantly buy it, then the editor has not done their job properly.
Vogue magazine has some of the most memorable covers of all time.
The fact that the magazine dates back to 1892 means that there are hundreds of covers that have been produced over the years. Add to that the 21 countries that Vogue is published in around the world, then that’s a huge collection of covers. I have over ten years of Vogue Australia that I have collected over the years, and I also have numerous editions from the US, UK and Paris. I just can’t part with them, I hope that my two little girls will appreciate that I have lugged them around the country-side and the world for them!
Vogue was described by book critic Caroline Weber in The New York Times in December 2006 as “the world’s most influential fashion magazine.”
“Vogue is to our era what the idea of God was, in Voltaire’s famous parlance, to his: if it didn’t exist, we would have to invent it. Revered for its editorial excellence and its visual panache, the magazine has long functioned as a bible for anyone worshiping at the altar of luxury, celebrity and style. And while we perhaps take for granted the extent to which this trinity dominates consumer culture today, Vogue’s role in catalyzing its rise to pre-eminence cannot be underestimated.”
Hmm, cannot be underestimated. Fascinating, n’est pas?
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