Above, decorator Charlotte Moss in her private study, as seen in House & Garden.
Above, Moss's hand-bound volumes of Vogue, photographed by New York Social Diary.
Below, 1960s "It Girl," Penelope Tree, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, February 1969.
Decorator Charlotte Moss has always said fashion informs her work. Her own shelves are filled with vintage Vogue magazines, bound in chic red leather, and she has a vast collection of books related to cultural history. A library in one of her homes has walls covered with fashion sketches and photographs of icons including Grace Kelly, Elsie de Wolfe, Babe Paley and Josephine Baker. "They inspire me so much, in a way I can't explain," Moss told House & Garden.
Inspired by Moss, I spent some time recently browsing the style archives at Paper Pursuits. Those Vogue covers from the 1960s feel more graphic and fresh than today's covers -- is this just because they are new to me? As I mentioned the other day, Paper Pursuits offers not only rare issues of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar (priced from around $12 to $115) but also single magazine pages in PDF format ($10 for the first page, $15 for two pages and $5 for additional pages.) I couldn't resist ordering the "hippie deluxe" pictures above; the Indian textiles attracted me, and the tear sheets could be fun on an inspiration board.
BTW: Paper Pursuits has excellent customer service.