From well-dressed debutantes to scantily clad celebrities… a look at the changing face of women's magazines
21:31 GMT, 9 November 2012
Have you ever wondered what your favourite magazine looked like before the wonders of airbrushing and modern printing technology
Now a fascinating set of images, released on BuzzFeed, reveal how glossies have changed, as first issues of publications such as Vogue, Good Housekeeping and Marie Claire, are shown alongside current issues.
Indeed, the first edition of Vogue, which rolled off the press on December 17, 1892, looks completely different to how the title appears today, with no colour, sexy celebrity cover shot or bold headlines.
The first edition of Vogue Magazine, printed on December 17, 1892 and the November 2012 issue
The periodical features a black and white illustration of a well-dressed debutante, while an up-to-date installment of the glossy shows a full-colour image of Rihanna, posing seductively in a strapless dress.
Harper's Bazaar, America's longest-running fashion magazine, also appears to have undergone a considerable transformation.
Harper's Bazaar in 1867 and in November 2012
Good Housekeeping in 1886 and in December 2012
Cosmopolitan in 1887 and in December 2012
The first issue, printed in 1867, shows a group of women modelling some of the latest Victorian fashions.
At its inception, the periodical
marketed as 'a repository of fashion, pleasure, and instruction,'
offered elegantly handy hints on living well.
However the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, features a colourful shot of Nicole Kidman exposing a flash of thigh on the cover.
The Red Book in 1903 and in November 2012
Better Homes in 1922 and in November 2012
Glamour in 1939 and in December 2012
Seventeen magazine in 1944 and November 2012
Meanwhile an 1886 cover of Good Housekeeping,
which at the time had an annual subscription of $2.50, doesn't even
feature an image or illustration.
writes: 'Before the influence of television and movies – let alone
blogs and social media – fashion magazines were solely responsible for
spreading Parisian fashion trends around the world.
'Both Harpers Bazaar, founded in the
U.S. in 1867, and Vogue, in 1892 were created to provide sketches and
patterns of fashion derived from Paris designs.
American Elle in 1985 and in December 2012
Marie Claire in 1992 and in November 2012
Teen Vogue in 2003 and in November 2012
Women's Health in 2005 and in December 2012
'Vogue was expressly
designed to promote the superiority of French couture to an American
Some of the newer U.S. magazines, such as Elle, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and Women's Health have remained much the same.
Ecosalon continues: 'In 1900, fashion magazines began to publish photography and later fashion illustration by the most modern of visual artists, forever cementing the idea that fashion is an art form – and the glossy pages of fashion magazines, its catalogs.'