GREATEST HITS: British Vogue is continuing the celebrations of its 100-year anniversary with the release of a new limited-edition book, “Voice of a Century.”
The tome brings together photography, illustration and cover material published in Vogue’s U.K. edition over the years, as well as previously unseen correspondence from the likes of Cecil Beaton and Helmut Newton, and exchanges between Vogue editors Lee Miller and Audrey Withers.
Excerpts from the first editor’s letter published in 1916 are also included, introducing readers to the dreamy world of the monthly glossy:
“‘The time has come,’ designers say, ‘to talk of many things — of shoes and furs and lingerie, and if one flares or clings, and where the waist-line ought to be, and whether hats have wings.’ Really and truly, such amazing things are going to happen to you that you never would believe them, unless you saw them in Vogue,” reads the letter.
A series of original interviews with some of the magazine’s contributors is also included. Photographer Juergen Teller recollects his first surreal meeting with the 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.
“When I got my first Vogue cover, I was like, ‘That’s it. I can give up now. I’m done.’ That was all I wanted: a British Vogue cover,” writes Moss in the book. Other contributors include Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane and Bianca Jagger.
“Voice of a Century” is set to publish on Sept. 15, the same date as the first issue was released in 1916. It will be limited to 1,916 copies specially bound by craftsmen and signed by Vogue contributors. Each copy is priced at 595 pounds, or $785 at current exchange.
“During the lifetime of British Vogue, there have been many Vogue books published. But never a book such as this. ‘Vogue — Voice of A Century’ is the ultimate anthology of the magazine, a celebration of 100 years of the many talents that have created the thousands of pages of magical images and interesting journalism,” said Alexandra Shulman, the magazine’s editor in chief.
This week, a documentary is also set to air on BBC Two taking viewers inside the magazine’s posh doors by delving into celebrity cover shoots, the preparation of special events coinciding with the centenary anniversary and the ins and outs of editors’ lives.
The run-up to the release of “Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue” has caused a stir in British media, which reported an alleged conflict between Shulman and her American counterpart Anna Wintour over the exclusivity of a cover with Rihanna.
A company representative however dismissed the rumors, saying: “There is no conflict between the editors, as the documentary will show.”