Tuesday 28 May 2013
Men In Vogue
Cover of Men In Vogue, Autumn/Winter 1969 Issue
Three issues of Men In Vogue are currently for sale on ebay. This short-lived edition of British Vogue is something of a holy grail for collectors of 1960's fashion magazines. Copies are rare as hen's teeth, and hardly ever pop up even in the auction houses, let alone ebay. The only copies in existence that I knew of, were in the archives of V&A. Until now, the only glimpse I had into that magazine was when my dissertation tutor at University showed me some of the photocopies he took at V&A. I remember it was a pretty exciting stuff - some great examples of 1960's Peacock style, with regular features on such designers as Michael Rainey, Rupert Lycett-Green or Mr. Fish, and great photoshoots by David Bailey, Michael Cooper, Patrick Lichfield and many others....
Luckily, the ebay seller took photos of few pages of the magazines, which I put up here.
Men In Vogue was a quarterly magazine published in London between 1965 and 1970. The fashion editor of the magazine was Christopher Gibbs - Swinging London scenester, style arbiter and notorious dandy. The existence of the magazine coincided with the Peacock revolution in male fashion in 1960's, and the style was championed by Men In Vogue.
Autumn/Winter 1969 issue. Those amazing coats are from Austin Reed
Cover of Autumn/Winter1966 issue
Autumn/Winter 1966 issue, which included famous Brian Jones/Anita Pallenberg/Tara Browne photoshoot by Michael Cooper
The magazines are priced between £120 - £200 (way beyond my budget, unfortunately). All three copies together will set you back nearly half a grand. Something for a 1960's fashion enthusiast with a lot of cash to spare - perhaps some fashion blogger, who could scan and share them properly?