‘The next best thing to having the world at your feet is to have a dog at your heels. They are the only friends that money can buy. They are philosophers and scamps, mystics, snobs and saints. Some are at home on a satin cushion while others amiably fit anywhere,” wrote Vogue in 1930
Since 1909, dogs have had a role to play in the story of Vogue, as companions to the leaders of style and society, devoted pets of royalty, artists and celebrities. For the first time, Dogs in Vogue brings together more than 250 stunning images from the Vogue archives, charting a century of fashion in dogs and celebrating canine companionship.
The visual feasts featured by renowned photographers Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton, Snowdon, David Bailey, Mario Testino and others reflect the changing fashions and ideas of a nation.
As muses, the dogs that have appeared in Vogue have inspired articles by writers such as Dorothy Parker and Lesley Blanch, and satire by Fish, Pierre Brissaud and Charles Martin.
From the Duchess of Newcastle’s borzois to Marc Jacobs’ English bull terrier Alfred, dogs have posed and pranced through the pages of the world’s most famous and influential fashion magazine.
Judith Watt is a fashion historian, writer and consultant to the fashion industry. She is a visiting lecturer in the history of dress at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and a contributor to British Vogue. She is editor of The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing, and author of Ossie Clark: 1965-1974, and Men and Dogs and Women and Dogs. She has had a lifelong love of dogs and lives in North London with her four dachshunds, one of which came from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
A book for anyone who loves style and devotees of canine culture.
Published by Little, Brown Book Group:
Available in Canada, November 24, 2009
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