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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

8.01.2008

The Predecessor


Soon I'll receive in the mail The World in Vogue from Paris Hotel Boutique. Published in 1963 and edited by Jessica Daves, (I believe she is the Agnes Scott grad who preceded the much more famous Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland) and Alexander Liberman, this volume perhaps lacks the allure of the iconic 1960s edition, Vogue's Book of Houses, Gardens, People, but nonetheless it features 70 years of art, literature and world affairs. Included are writings from Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, and Truman Capote, as well as paintings by Gaugin, Miro, and de Kooning, and the 1951 Prix Vogue article written by Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

[Image of Jacqueline Bouvier above copyright Condé Nast.]

In a review of the "World" book, contrasting the Vogue of decades past with the publication we know today, Lisa Radon shares this quote from Daves:

Vogue has sometimes been called a civilizing force. If that is true, perhaps it is because a civilization, to endure, needs voices to sing its praise. … A part of civilization is a regard for the gifted, an admiration of beauty, an understanding of the arts—the arts of daily living as well as the arts of painting or sculpture, writing or music or architecture. Civilization has in it, too, respect for the boldness of the frontiersmen in the sciences and in all the worlds of abstract ideas.”

As a side note, I think the bold graphic cover of "World" is pretty fabulous and I wonder if it inspired any of these offerings from Kate Spade.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I happened upon this book at a used book store for a dollar. It is one of my favorite finds. You will surely enjoy it!

Style Court said...

Glad to know that Anon! Thanks.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Courtney, you have such a good eye. These chic cards could absolutely be a nod to the cover.

Style Court said...

Thanks Millie!