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Italian Vogue celebrated its 50th anniversary in truly grand style

Vogue Italia celebrates with digitised archive & exhibition

by 24 September 2014

Milan Fashion Week came to a particularly festive close: Italian Vogue celebrated its 50th anniversary in truly grand style at Condé Nast’s former Italian headquarters Piazza Castello.

Wave after wave of designers, photographers, art directors, stylists and models swept through the four-story, ceiling-to-floor exhibition of the collections they’d shot, designed or the photo shoots they’d been a part of.

Karl Lagerfeld, Yasmin Le Bon, Linda Evangelista, Riccardo Tisci, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld and Pierpaolo Piccioli as well as Christopher Kane and Tabitha Simmons, were among the guests.

The exhibition featured magnificent projections displaying key moments and covers from the magazine’s storied history. As well as celebrating 50 years, the party marked the opening of the Vogue Archive, launched by Franca Sozzani, editor in chief since 1988.

A digital initiative to make the fashion history that is contained in Vogue Italia’s pages open to the public.

“It will offer people—particularly young people—the possibility to go through the entire history of fashion in a fast and personal way,” she says. “It’s important for the young to learn. The history of fashion is so long, but the young are so ignorant. The point of view of the magazine—like my work with the U.N.—has always been about education,” Sozzani was reported to have said.

In the room named “Photographers,” the archives were available for scanning. Two clicks later, and the July/August 1988 issue popped up, the first to feature a cover by Steven Meisel, who has shot every cover since.

There was also an opportunity to leaf through all of 1990, Vogue Italia’s golden year.

To end the evening in style, Jonathan Newhouse feted Sozzani with a dinner at the Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi.