The celebration of the art of looking good has always demanded talent, vision, and style, and the artists recruited to fill the pages of Vogue
since 1909--when it was taken over by Conde Nast-- have possessed these qualities in abundance. Their brilliant drawings chronicle not only fashion but also the whole comedy of manners that is the international social round, and this sumptuous volume collects the very best of them. Many great artists have contributed to Vogue
's graphic tradition, including Dali, De Chirico, and Berard. The 1950s saw a period of near-eclipse for fashion drawings, although the light was never completely lost. Now a revival of interest is fully in evidence, as new talents have joined the ranks of the artists--including Botero and Hockney--who have tried their hand at this decorative, informative genre, and have seen it so often rise to the level of art.