Art, Fashion, Vintage

The Art of Vogue Covers

i was given a wonderful gift recently from Anton’s gran, who was cleaning out her book collection and came upon an old copy of The Art of Vogue Covers. it details the illustrated covers of British Vogue from 1909 through to 1940, including the entire collection of covers between 1920-1930. i was only familiar with a few of the illustrated Vogue covers (a handful of which were turned into posters and probably hang in many a college dorm room), so i thought i’d scan in some of my favourites and share them with you.

most of the work showcased in the book are by seasoned Vogue illustrators Helen Dryden, Georges Lepap, Harriett Maserol, George Plank and Eduardo Benito amongst others. if you’d like to see more please let me know and i’ll continue adding them to the flickr collection, this is literally just the tip of the iceberg.

see them all here.


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  • Reply Julie Tuesday 31 July, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Definitely more, please!!! I love this :)

  • Reply Carolyn Everitt Tuesday 31 July, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I love the last one – real art deco glamour but I think my favourite is the flapper playing the harp. Gorgeous – thank you for sharing! C x

  • Reply f Tuesday 31 July, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    love these, illustration in its hey-day!

  • Reply Connie Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Oh My! These are so beautiful. I am swooooooooning. Thank you thank you thank you.

  • Reply lise Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Im melting! These are so great. Thanks for posting so many x

  • Reply Allison (A's Fashion Files) Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 6:25 am

    These are so stunning!! Thanks for sharing!! You’re inspiring me to hunt down some vintage magazines!

  • Reply Molly Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 7:58 am

    These are incredible! Way to go Anton’s gran.

  • Reply Kristiina Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Wow. Wonderful!!!

  • Reply Lili Gabbiano Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Good old times…when all the things were done still with the hands…so beautiful…

  • Reply katerina Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 11:03 am


  • Reply Katherine Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 11:38 am

    some of these are amazing!! especially the one with the deer and those fab sleeves ;)
    very inspiring

  • Reply Cari Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    These are gorgeous and remind me so much of The Great Gatsby (oh the loveliness of the twenties)! x

  • Reply Jana Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What a stunning gift!

    I have a few of the framed prints, and have been hanging in my room since I was a little girl. They moved with me to my apartment and still look great. Timeless.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Pamela Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Wonder if the swan dress-girl was part of the inspiration for the designer of Bjork’s famous swan dress! So beautiful.
    These and fantastic and inspiring to me

  • Reply Margot Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    That’s so weird – my granny LITERALLY just gave me this book while she was clearing out. My favorites are definitely all the George Wolf Plank & Helen Dryden ones…

    • Reply Miss Moss Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      that’s amazing! i’m definitely very partial to helen dryden & georges lepap…

  • Reply Betül (Ballad of Seasons) Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    oh GORGEOUS! I love these vintage covers, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply diana cese Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I am not a big fan of nowadays Vogue covers, but these really are something else!

  • Reply Anon Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Yes, more please!
    I’d also love to see you pairing some of these with modern street-style shots/fashion articles, like you do with your food or vintage art sequences. Nos. 2, 8 and 10 in the sequence struck me as styles and stylings that I could really imagine being done again now – and no.5 (that palm tree, Dr Freud!!) reminded me a lot of the 50s photo of the model posing next to an elephant. Great to see good ideas being recycled like that.

    • Reply Miss Moss Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 7:16 am

      that is a great suggestion!

  • Reply Thea Wednesday 1 August, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    love love love love love!

  • Reply ginger from the style of being Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Someone needs to make these into a wallpaper. Seriously.

  • Reply Vanessa Rae Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 5:02 am

    So great, I can’t pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Reply Ida Ayu Melati Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 7:01 am

    oh my god oh my god. this is oh my god. sorry, i just can say oh my god looking on this

  • Reply Paula J Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I LOVE vintage things but especially posters, covers, photographs. This is a stunning compilation.

    But is it as stunning as my new Diana (Ross) lamp? ;)


  • Reply Romy Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    These are so lovely. I can’t pick out my faves too, these would be so awesome framed up somewhere in your home. :)

  • Reply Hanne Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I have the same book. It’s lovely!

  • Reply Mabel and Zora Thursday 2 August, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Gasp! So in love with these! What a great treasure to have :)

  • Reply katiecrackernuts Friday 3 August, 2012 at 2:51 am

    My mum found a copy of something similar, might even be that volume, at an op shop. I could lose myself looking through these covers. They’re so beautiful.

  • Reply mosey Friday 3 August, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Wow, these are so amazing. I would love to see more!

  • Reply ivette Saturday 4 August, 2012 at 5:53 am

    loving this post!
    I adore looking at images like these.. I’m an illustrator and painter so I’d definitely would have loved to have one of my drawings featured as vogue covers..

  • Reply cp Saturday 4 August, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Very nice, of course, but I think you may be violating copyright laws by posting these….

  • Reply lazy lisa Sunday 5 August, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    every illustration is amazing, your book must be so beautiful ! thanks for sharing !

  • Reply lisa Tuesday 7 August, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Great images! My all-time favorite vintage Vogue cover is an African inspired illustration:

  • Reply jeff Tuesday 14 August, 2012 at 10:55 am

    more more moreeeeee!

  • Reply jessika Thursday 16 August, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    thank you for sharing! just beautiful! i just featured this story and a few of the covers on my blog i think my
    readers will enjoy as much as i did!

  • Reply amy Sunday 19 August, 2012 at 3:12 am

    how funny, i just checked this very same book out of the library a few weeks ago for photoshoot inspiration…you should post the lovely (ahem) woman on page 99.

  • Reply sheila Monday 20 August, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    dying over here, Diana, these are so beautiful. I bought a large print of a vogue cover when I was 14 and it has hung in my apartments and house since I was a kid. I’ll instagram it to you, wonder if it’s in your book. what a lovely gift. so jelly.

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  • Reply Elisabeth Thursday 23 August, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these beautiful covers! They are so inspiring to me. I love your blog!

  • Reply Shauna Friday 24 August, 2012 at 5:51 am

    a-maz-ing! I read Vogue magazine whiLe in my twenties. Those photos are from the 1920’s…so cooL…so historicaL.

  • Reply Princess Tatiana Saturday 1 September, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Great selection! One of my friends had this book back when we were at art college. I was so envious (having only been able to find the Art of Photographic Vogue covers). I have since collected many other vintage illustration books, but you’ve inspired me to go on a hunt on abe.books for this one. Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Houwnique Thursday 17 January, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Love all of those… Very classic

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