Looking back at Fall/Winter 1984- British Vogue dedicates an issue to the English woman’s past and future. Most notable in the introduction is the mention of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister (quite a leap forward from the suffragettes of 1911), Queen Elizabeth (regarded as the “accessible queen” when compared to Queen Victoria) and the new royal to watch- a young Princess Diana.
Looking back at Fall/Winter 1984- Many English actresses look across the pond at Hollywood hoping to make an impact with American audiences. Twenty seven years ago three confident women did just that- Jane Seymour, Lesley Anne Down & Victoria Tennant (above).
Looking back at Fall/Winter 1984- Grace Coddington, working as fashion editor for the magazine, and photographer Bruce Weber use the classic English garden as an inspirational backdrop to some beguiling images.
Looking back at Fall/Winter 1984- Model wears a flecked brown tweed suit by Cerruti and…
…a creamy yellow cashmere sweater set with plaid wool skirt by GorRay.
Looking forward to Fall/Winter 2011- British Vogue reexamines the English woman and what makes her “wonderfully inscrutable” and “utterly unique.”
Looking forward to Fall/Winter 2011- Vogue mentions again Margaret Thatcher (now the “no-nonsense English matriarch“), Princess Elizabeth (her roll not as queen but as an ambulance driver during WWll) and a new royal to watch- Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Looking forward to Fall/Winter 2011- Many Actresses like Sienna Miller, Emma Watson & Felicity Jones (above) think nothing of searching in both England and abroad for films and television work.
Looking forward to Fall/Winter 2011- This season’s clothing is all about nostalgia (peter pan collar shirts, printed dresses and cosy knits) modeled by British woman Lily Donaldson. The backdrop is not an English garden but a tiny island off the coast of Sweden.
Looking forward to Fall/Winter 2011- Lily wears a Bottega Veneta mohair/gabardine coat, Alberta Perretti sleeveless coat and Cos poloneck.
Looking forward to Fall/Winter 2011- Cool weather layering with a cotton dress by Paul & Joe and handknit cardigan from Missoni.
(Portrait of Victoria Tennant by Paul Lange, 1984. Portrait of Felicity Jones by Jason Bell, 2011. Fashion photos with Lily Donaldson by Tom Criag & Fashion editor Bay Garnett, 2011)
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