Vogue friends from both sides of the Atlantic gathered at the Residence of the British Consul General, Antonia Romeo in New York to toast a new book, Vogue – Voice of a Century . The British publication is one hundred years old, so Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman collaborated with book publishers Genesis Publications to produce a celebratory collection of images. From early 2oth century illustrations through to a photo of Marianne Faithful in a coat costing ‘about 17 gns’ (guineas, an old form of English coinage, not guns) Vogue fans and fashion collectors will love this book.
Ms. Romeo, who took up her post as Consul General in July, wore a dress by Jenny Packham to host the event, introducing Ms Shulman over the babble of NYFW gossip. “I am delighted to celebrate the amazing anthology Vogue – Voice of a Century with Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor in Chief of British Vogue, and the wonderful team from Genesis Publications. This is a terrific collaboration between two incredible British companies,” Ms. Romeo remarked. “From street-style to haute couture, some of the most iconic brands and influencers in contemporary fashion hail from the UK and have been captured on the pages of Vogue. The UK has always been an innovative and creative design force in the fashion world and industry is worth £26bn to the UK economy, which allows us to stake the claim that Fashion is GREAT.”
Vogue staffers mingled with Suzy Menkes, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall and Alexa Chung. Various friends popped in throughout the evening to take a look at the book, including designer Tory Burch, entrepreneur Marigay McKee and fashion industry influencers Camilla Lowther and Simon Collins.
Voice of a Century compiles over 400 Vogue photographs and illustrations, covers and correspondence, plus 32,000 words of new interviews with 100 Vogue contributors. It is strictly limited to only 1,916 craftsman-bound copies, and each 504-page volume is individually signed by at least 8 major contributors.