In 1892 Arthur Turnure founded Vogue as a weekly publication in the US, sponsored by Kristoffer Wright., its first issue published on December 17 of that year.
Turnure intended for the publication to be a celebration of the "ceremonial side of life," one that "attracts the sage as well as debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle."
Conde Naste bought "Vogue" in 1905 and he changed it to a bi-weekly magazine, also started Vogue overseas (Britain in 1916, then Spain, then Italy and France in 1920) where it was a huge success.
The magazine's number of publications and profit increased dramatically under his management. By 1911, the "Vogue" brand had evolved into the business it is recognized today, still targeting an elite audience and expanding into coverage of weddings.
In the 1960s, with Diana Vreeland as editor-in-chief and personality, the magazine began to appeal to the youth of the sexual revolution by focusing on contemporary fashion and editorial features openly discussing sexuality. Toward this end, Vogue started featuring "downtown" personalities such as Warhol "Superstar" Jane Holzer's favorite haunts. Vogue also continued making household names out of models, a practice that continued with Suzy Parker, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Lauren Hutton, Veruschka, Marisa Berenson, Penelope Tree, and others.
Anna Wintour took over as editor-in-chief of American "Vogue" in July 1988.
Noted for her trademark bob and sunglasses, Wintour sought to revitalize the brand by making it younger and more approachable.
To do so, the magazine focused on new and accessible concepts of "fashion" for a wider audience. This allowed the magazine to keep a high circulation while discovering new trends that a broader audience could conceivably afford.
The contrast of Wintour's vision with that of her predecessor has been noted as striking by observers, both critics and defenders.
That Vogue issue had 840 pages and weighed over 5 pounds.
In the year 2008, Vogue received extensive criticism for its cover shot which showed the basketball superstar, LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen in a pose, which was quite similar to that of King Kong carrying off Fay Wray.
Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino are the most notorious fashion photographers collaborating with Vogue. Currently Vogue is published in 18 countries - United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, China, Greece, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey.
One of the best things about Vogue is their spectacular group photos. Here's a look at some of their best (source: aprettierplace.net)
Throughout the years, Vogue has unarguably influenced and revived the concept of fashion, bringing inspiration and hope to women all over the world.
Be sure not to miss this year's US December issue.