Vogue covers are, and always have been, just so freaking gorgeous. They set the standard for how the fashion industry is played out on glossy pages. What I love about retrospectives like this is how the images all come together to present a real reflection of the fashion world of the times.
The 1980s were all about refined elegance, especially so in those earlier years. Think glitz, think glamour, think rouge. Think a LOT of rouge. Nothing screams 1981 quite like a rouged-up Carol Alt on the cover of Vogue. Colour was celebrated; kitsch was revered. Wide-eyed gazes and gaudy jewels signify a decade of opulence.
Towards the end of the '80s we see a slicker, more urbane vibe coming through. Moving away from perfectly poised fashion, Vogue magazine covers reflect how the rules of fashion were relaxed somewhat, giving way to a more fluid and free-form aesthetic. Don’t even get me started on the amazing bedazzled, bad-ass chic look, including those fabulous specimens of lycra attire - the catsuit - that ushered in the 1990s. Viva la Vogue!
Keep a cheeky eye out for our look back at Classic Vogue Covers of the '90s - coming soon!