According to former Vogue‘s feature director Jo Ellison, “The gown is still the ultimate fashion fantasy”. The now fashion editor at Financial Times goes even further by adding that “it’s the Cinderella moment, it’s transformative, it’s decadent and it whispers of romance. It’s about role play, and dress up, and seduction, and epic levels of elegance. It’s the stuff of fairytales and wistful nostalgia, and yet, a gown is also an expression of adulthood and sophistication. Girls wear dresses: grown-ups wear gowns”.
Being a staple when it comes to luxury, Vogue Magazine decided it was about time to do, not only a recap, but a beautiful documentation of the dream inducing piece throughout the publication’s 122 mesmerizing years. Instead of focusing on the chronological aspect of things it focus on the themes and the way these dresses have influenced fashion across the times. Vogue: The Gown is a fabulous collection of more than 300 images grouped into five thematic chapters: Classical, Fantasy, Drama, Decorative and Modernist.
Many of the fashion superstars of the modeling and acting world are here: Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Kim Basinger, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington, Sienna Miller, Jerry Hall, Cate Blanchett, Marlene Dietrich, Bianca Jagger, Claudia Schiffer, Joan Collins, Jennifer Lawrence, Cindy Crawford and Vivien Leigh.
The world’s greatest fashion houses are featured, including Versace, Givenchy, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Pierre Cardin, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Isaac Mizrahi.
The book is both an evocative celebration of almost a century of fashion history and a stunning collection from the very best fashion photographers, including Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, Nick Knight, David Bailey, Herb Ritts, Norman Parkinson, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and Horst.
Presented in a luxurious foil-stamped cloth cover, Vogue: The Gown is a mesmerizing exhibition of the best and most iconic images from the pages of the world’s most fashionable magazines. The book is available now from bookshops and from Amazon.