In honor of its 125-year anniversary, Vogue magazine is releasing a five-part video series titled Vogue By The Decade. The videos, which are narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, look back at the history of both fashion and the magazine.
The most recent installment (below) explores the formative years of the magazine. In the video, which starts when the magazine was first published in 1892, Parker explains how Vogue was launched as a weekly journal focused on “society, fashion, and the ceremonial side of life” for both men and women.
Surprisingly, it’s said that the first editor in chief of the magazine, Josephine Redding, had an aversion to the women’s fashion of the time, and men’s interests, such as gentlemen dressing and sports, stole the spotlight during Vogue‘s first 10 years. Less than 20 years later, in 1909, the magazine was purchased by Conde Nast. According to the video, the publishing company had a large role in developing the magazine into what it is today, and the rest, you can say, is history.
Other videos in the series so far include The 1940s in Vogue, The 1950s in Vogue, and The 1920s in Vogue.
No matter how you look at it, 125 years is a loooooong time in the magazine industry. The magazine I work at celebrated 20 years last year, and even that seemed like a Hell of an accomplishment. To be held in such high regards for so long is no easy feat, and it will be cool to see how Vogue celebrates its anniversary as the year progresses.
To learn more about Vogue’s 125th anniversary and the video series, click here.