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About the Author

Dodie Kazanjian has covered the art world for Vogue since 1989. She is also the founder and director of Gallery Met, the nonprofit contemporary art space at the Metropolitan Opera. She is married to writer Calvin Tomkins and lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 Poc Har/ edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810997681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997684
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Reine des Coeurs VINE VOICE on September 23, 2011
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I'm a budding fan of classic illustration and got this book primarily to see the development of this art through the year in magazine art. This book contains such gorgeous work by George Wolfe Plank, Eduardo Garcia Benito, Georges LePape, Carl Erickson, etc that I was almost tempted to get a second copy to post selected pictures near my desk at home. Thankfully, this book comes with a small selection of cardboard inserts to serve this purpose. If you're a fan of the Vogue classic American covers, illustration, fashion and art, this is a must own.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 20, 2012
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With this large coffee table book we see fashion developing during the last 120 years and also the faces of beauty. The book is mostly in chronological order, although at points it jumps around from year to year, which makes no sense and is a bit irritating if you are trying to see a smooth evolvement of style. Especially when a 1927 cover is inserted in the earlier 20's when fashions were much different.
5 poster boards, the approximate size of the book (12"x9") are inserted in the book and there is an index. Each cover has the person responsible for it and sometimes the name of the face on the cover shot. A forward and an introduction sum up the influences of Vogue. Sections are divided by decade, with a bit of text to tell what it was about. Some of the covers are very small, others full page

This is a history of fashion and style, that "held a mirror up to their times". We see covers progress from drawings to clothes and artistic flair to the faces of the beautiful and glamorous. Those who are fans of art, magazines, especially of Vogue, the visual arts or fashion would enjoy this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Otto on March 31, 2013
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The best photo is the cover photo. I was expecting to see 8x10's throughout, but that isn't the case. Lot's of smaller photos and some 8 bys. All in all, a nice book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Ford on December 13, 2011
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This is easily one of the most beautiful fashion books that I've seen. The photos are gorgeous and of the highest quality. The book offers loads of fantastic covers showing the evolving world of fashion illustration and photography starting with Vogue's very first issue to the most recent ones. All the covers have captions showing their dates and the name of the photographers who shot them. This is a highly recommended book for anyone who appreciates fine books and beautiful photography. It also compliments the previous books chronicling the covers of both British and French Vogue. Also, the ready-to-frame covers at the end of the book add a really nice touch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2012
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This is a stunning book. Almost all photos, so it's one luscious page after another.

The first chapter is of covers from the "1890's - 1900's". After that, each chapter covers one decade, starting with the 1910s and ending with the 2000s.

The Forward and the Introduction to the whole book are OK, but it's the short & sweet introduction to each chapter that is fun to read. It lists important milestones of the decade, not just in fashion, but in every area of life. So, for example, the introduction to the first chapter, the 1890's - 1900's, includes:
"... flocking to Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Ernest" ... and snapping photos with George Eastman's lightweight, user-friendly Kodak box camera ... "Vogue" makes its debut..."

This book shows off only a sampling of the covers, not all of them, which makes you wonder what wonderful covers may have been left out. Illustrations were used until the 1930's, when they started using photographs for covers, though not every cover. In the 40's, the covers are all photographs, but generally stylized artsy photographs. In the 60's, Vogue started the celebrity covers, which meant that fashion and graphic design and art very often took a back seat or were totally missing. By the 70's, the usual cover was just a closeup of a person, often a celebrity. These are fun to page through for the history of celebrity (and hairstyles and make-up trends), but not beautiful the way the old covers were. The exception, I must say, is a closeup of Elizabeth Taylor on the April 15, 1971, cover. Wow.

The more recent covers have the handicap, when looking at them for beauty, of having lots of text all over, frequently large text. I realize that the text has a purpose, it's needed to grab the potential buyer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Mike on December 16, 2014
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I bought this expensive book because when my late mother was in her early teens (1913-1915), she posed for Francis X. Leyendecker, a neighbor of hers in New Rochelle, New York. She appeared (in paintings, not photos) on five Vogue Magazine covers, the originals of which I have. She also appeared on four Vanity Fair Magazine covers, and one Puck Magazine cover, as well as some advertisements. Unfortunately only one of her Vogue covers appears in this book. Nevertheless, the book is a very impressive compendium of Vogue covers over the years. They display not only many beautuiful women and fine fashions, but first-rate photography as well. The book is a beautiful creation.j
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OJP on January 9, 2012
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I bought this book as a gift for my friend and she absolutely loved it. I myself also checked this book out and I found nothing to complain about - so much wonderful information about history of these covers and so many beautiful pictures. The extra pictures for framing were great, quality was really good. I recommend this for everyone who enjoys reading about fashion.
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