Amber Valletta on the cover of Vogue Italia
Vogue Italia is the Italian edition of Vogue magazine. Owned by Condé Nast International, it is the least commercial of all editions of Vogue magazine and has been called the top fashion magazine in the world.
Vogue Italia was first pubished as Novita (News) in October 1964 until November 1965, when the name was changed as Vogue & Novita, and then again as Vogue Italia in May 1966 until this day.
1961-1964: Early years
1965-1988: From Vogue & Novita to Vogue Italia
In 1965, after 73 years since the birth of Vogue, Vogue Italia was launched, as Vogue & Novita, being the first issue for the month of November 1965. Consuelo Crespi was the first editor-in-chief for the publication, a position she held until 1966.
In 1966, Franco Sartori was appointed as editor-in-chief and under his leadership he changed the name from Vogue & Novita to Vogue Italia, being the May 1966 issue the first issue under the new name. He held the position for 22 years until 1988.
1988-2016: Franca Sozzani years
In 1988, Franca Sozzani became the third editor-in-chief for the publication, being the July/August 1988 her first issue for the magazine. Before Vogue Italia, Sozzani worked as editor for Vogue Bambini, and as editor-in-chief for Lei and subsequently for Per Lui, the men's edition of the former. After seeking new possibilites, the positon in the magazine was offered and accepted by the italian journalist.
Vogue Italia and the Italian fashion industry have historically had a symbiotic relationship, with Vogue Italia contributing to Milan's domination of the fashion world.
Recent influential editorials have included Steven Meisel's September 2006 "State of Emergency", a visual play on the War on Terror, and Meisel's July 2007 "Rehab", addressing recent celebrity visits to rehab clinics. and the August 2010 Issue, featuring Kristen McMenamy, shooting on the site of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
All Black issue
The July 2008 issue featured only black models, photographed by Steven Meisel and the articles pertained to black women in the arts and entertainment. The magazine claimed to showcase black models in response to anger caused by the disinclination of fashion magazines to display black models on their covers. Fashion industry insiders claim black models are featured less often because they are unable to sell. This statement, along with the formation of a protest group in New York City that challenges racism in the industry, convinced Italian Vogue's editor, Franca Sozzani to create this issue. The issue included established supermodels like Vivien Tan, Yasmin Warsame, Alek Wek, Rachel D. Vancelette, Veronica Webb, Noemie Lenoir, Iman, Liya Kebede, Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, as well as contemporary models, including Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, Arlenis Sosa, and Sessilee Lopez. This specific issue also brought in Toccara Jones, the first black plus-sized model to be in the pages of the high fashion magazine. Instead of the issue not selling, it became the highest selling issue of Italian Vogue ever, and had run out of print twice, which marked the first time in Condé Nast history that the magazine reprinted an issue to satisfy demand. The reprinted copies had the tag lines: "Most Wanted Issue Ever" and "First Reprint" banded across the front.
However, even though the advertising pages went up 30 percent, there was a "glaring lack of black models" in them. Meisel said: "I've asked my advertising clients so many times, 'Can we use a black girl?' They say no. Advertisers say black models don't sell."
VogueEncyclo is a fashion encyclopedia founded by Vogue Italia (Condé Nast Digital). It went live on 10 October 2011. It has an archive with topics ranging from A–Z: fashion and costume, designers, photography, cinema, people, mania, bloggers, fabrics and architecture. Anyone is free to participate, all articles have bylines and Vogue staff reviews all submissions.
The whole of the content is accessible in either English or Italian.
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