Looking at Vogue magazine covers for June spanning the years 1991-2011, there’s more than one thing that pops into my mind.
First of all, it’s wonderful to see the familiar supermodel faces of Kate Moss, Claudia Shiffer, and Gisele Bundchen in the early days. Then poof, they’re gone. Around the turn of the millennium, models were replaced by the celebrity du jour. The last time a model(s) was featured on the cover of Vogue (US) was April 2010 and it was Gisele. These days we might only see one model cover per year. I’d be in favor of bringing back more models to the cover of Vogue. Don’t you get tired of seeing the same handful of celebrities? We get it, you’ve got a movie (CD, fashion line, wedding, TV show, etc.) coming up. Great…
Alright, now let’s move on to what these beauties are wearing. Hello, off the shoulder fringe of 1992, it’s been a looooong time and hey, there’s George Clooney (so handsome). Hold on a minute, I’m feeling a wave of deja vu. I’m seeing Ashley Judd in a bold stripe dress that harkens to this year’s Prada stripe sensation, tribal prints on Keira Knightley, an open-weave sweater on Uma Thurman, and minimalist all-white on Cameron Diaz. Wait a second, these are the Big Trends of Summer 2011, and here they are in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Huh? Is nothing new?
Looking back at the past 20 years of Vogue covers and seeing the cycle of pretty faces, clothes and predictable headlines, I started to wonder: why do you follow fashion? And I’m not asking in that “you’re so silly, why do you follow fashion?” tone. I’m asking, what motivates you to follow fashion?
- Is it to stay current
- to find out what other women are wearing
- to get inspired
- to enjoy the art form of editorial, couture and runway
- for a shopping resource
- for the fashion photography
- something else entirely??
What keeps you interested in wanting to know what will be in that June 2012, a year from now? And I’m taking bets on who will be on the cover (Blake Lively is my guess).