17 December 1892

First issue of Vogue is published.

On December 17, 1892, the first issue of Vogue magazine was published. Featuring a drawing of a debutante by A.B. Wenzel on its cover, the weekly publication was targeted to elite Manhattanites. As styles and society changed, Vogue managed to maintain its role as a fashion authority and trendsetter. As Anna Wintour, the current Editor-in-Chief once said, “Vogue is a fashion magazine, and a fashion magazine is about change.” For the past 125 years, Vogue has been there to document and influence the sartorial and societal vicissitudes in the United States and around the world.

Founded by the American businessman Arthur Baldwin Turnure, Vogue was acquired in 1905 by Condé Montrose Nast, after Turnure’s death. Under Nast’s control, Vogue became a bi-weekly magazine, expanded its readership and earned a reputation as an important fashion source.

Vogue has had its share of powerful and visionary editors-in-chief. Under the leadership of Edna Woolman Chase, the magazine continued to expand its influence in the fashion world. With Diana Vreeland at the helm, Vogue responded to the popularity of the counterculture movement, covering downtown bohemian fashion boutiques while also maintaining the magazine’s uptown glamour. She booked the most expensive shoot in fashion history, featuring 60s “it girl,” Veruschka Von Lehndorff. Shot by photographer Richard Avedon over five weeks in Japan, it is rumored to have cost one million dollars. Grace Mirabella made Vogue a monthly magazine while adding more articles alongside its already famous glossy fashion spreads.

In July of 1988, Anna Wintour replaced Mirabella as the new editor-in-chief. With her trademark bob cut and big sunglasses, she envisioned Vogue as the readers’ “glamourous girlfriend” and added a more youthful vibe to the magazine. While still highlighting the luxury brands that had always been the magazine’s mainstays, Wintour also mixed in more affordable pieces. Her first cover embodied the magazine’s new look. It featured Israeli model Michaela Bercu in a glamorous Christian Lacroix jacket paired with jeans. Wintour’s tastemaking style, along with the vision of fashion editor Grace Coddington, led to the increase of Vogue’s circulation and popularity.

Although the magazine never reports on sales, it is said that the highest selling issue of Vogue was the 1992 100th Anniversary issue. The iconic cover featured ten supermodels, including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell.

To this day, Vogue continues to set new trends, while chronicling our ever-changing culture and style. With 22 print editions from Vogue Japan to Vogue Saudi Arabia, the magazine reaches over 24 million readers around the globe. In addition, Vogue.com boasts over 42 million unique monthly online users. Dubbed the “Then & Now” issue, the December 2017 magazine looks back at the legendary artists who have changed culture, beauty, politics, and fashion over the past 125 years. And, Vogue has been there all the while, both documenting and influencing our fashion sense.

17 December 1892

Vogue is published for the first time.

On December 17, 1892, the first issue of Vogue magazine was published. Featuring a drawing of a debutante by A.B. Wenzel on its cover, the weekly publication was targeted to elite Manhattanites. As styles and society changed, Vogue managed to maintain its role as a fashion authority and trendsetter. As Anna Wintour, the current Editor-in-Chief once said, “Vogue is a fashion magazine, and a fashion magazine is about change.” For the past 125 years, Vogue has been there to document and influence the sartorial and societal vicissitudes in the United States and around the world.

Founded by the American businessman Arthur Baldwin Turnure, Vogue was acquired in 1905 by Condé Montrose Nast, after Turnure’s death. Under Nast’s control, Vogue became a bi-weekly magazine, expanded its readership and earned a reputation as an important fashion source.

Vogue has had its share of powerful and visionary editors-in-chief. Under the leadership of Edna Woolman Chase (1914-1952), the magazine continued to expand its influence in the fashion world. With Diana Vreeland at the helm (1962-1971), Vogue responded to the popularity of the counterculture movement, covering downtown bohemian fashion boutiques while also maintaining the magazine’s uptown glamour. She booked the most expensive shoot in fashion history, featuring 60s “it girl,” Veruschka Von Lehndorff. Shot by photographer Richard Avedon over five weeks in Japan, it is rumored to have cost one million dollars. Grace Mirabella (1971-1988) made Vogue a monthly magazine while adding more articles alongside its already famous glossy fashion spreads.

In July of 1988, Anna Wintour replaced Mirabella as the new editor-in-chief. With her trademark bob cut and big sunglasses, she envisioned Vogue as the readers’ “glamourous girlfriend” and added a more youthful vibe to the magazine. While still highlighting the luxury brands that had always been the magazine’s mainstays, Wintour also mixed in more affordable pieces. Her first cover embodied the magazine’s new look. It featured Israeli model Michaela Bercu in a glamorous Christian Lacroix jacket paired with jeans. Wintour’s tastemaking style, along with the vision of fashion editor Grace Coddington, led to the increase of Vogue’s circulation and popularity.

15 January 1892

James Naismith first publishes the rules for the sport of basketball.

The person responsible for the popular game was Dr. James Naismith (1861-1939). Dr. Naismith was a Canadian-American Physical Education teacher at the School for Christian Workers located in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1891, under direction from Dr. Luther Gulick, the head of the School, Naismith was given 14 days to create an indoor game. The goal of this directive was to provide a creative and healthy indoor “athletic distraction” for a rowdy class of students during the brutal New England winter.

It is believed that Naismith drew up the rules of his new game of Basketball in about an hour. Most of these rules still apply today. The game of Basketball became an instant success. The students found the game easy to play and the rules easy to understand. Moreover, the idea of getting a good exercise workout without having to go outside in the very cold winter was very attractive to the players and the coaches. The fans also liked the idea of not having to go outside in the cold to watch this new and fun game.

Basketball became popular very quickly and its popularity spread widely. The graduates of the YMCA school traveled across the country and introduced their new game to people in towns and cities across the land. Naismith and his players disseminated the rules of Basketball freely and the need for an indoor sport by many schools and organizations helped spread the popularity of the game.

17 December 1892

The first issue of Vogue is published.

The first issue of Vogue magazine came out on December 17, 1892. It started as small, weekly society magazine, nothing like the Vogue we see today. It released its first issue “with the aim of attracting”, in the words of its founding publisher Arthur Baldwin Turnure, “the sage as well as the debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle.” (A. B. Wenzel/Vogue/Condé Nast). The first cover featured a debutante at her début – not much of a surprise there.

The small, weekly society magazine that went by the name of Vogue was staffed by “ladies and gentleman, so no one worked very hard and anybody who wanted extra duties was welcome to them. When Chase was just an 18-year-old “little girl from the country” (aka Asbury Park, New Jersey), a friend helped her get hired into Vogue’s circulation department, barely three years after the magazine was founded on this day in 1893. The teenager lived in a Manhattan boarding house with other single working women in an atmosphere she nostalgically describes as “family-like.” She threw herself into her job, a full-time gig addressing subscriber’s envelopes and adding new subscriber’s names into a ledger. Chase was paid $10 a week and loved every second of it.