W: The First 40 Years

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One of the world’s leading fashion magazines, W will celebrate its 40th anniversary with this volume—a collection of the most influential and iconic features and photos culled from its first four decades. W is renowned for its groundbreaking, provocative, often controversial fashion stories by such photographers as Steven Klein, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Bruce Weber, Mario Sorrenti, Tim Walker, Juergen Teller, and Paolo Roversi, among many others, the best of which fill these pages. Divided into three ...
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Overview


One of the world’s leading fashion magazines, W will celebrate its 40th anniversary with this volume—a collection of the most influential and iconic features and photos culled from its first four decades. W is renowned for its groundbreaking, provocative, often controversial fashion stories by such photographers as Steven Klein, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Bruce Weber, Mario Sorrenti, Tim Walker, Juergen Teller, and Paolo Roversi, among many others, the best of which fill these pages. Divided into three sections—Who, Where, and Wow—this volume shows why W’s unique blend of unparalleled access, cultural smarts, and visual panache has always kept it at the forefront of not only the world of fashion, but also in art, design, style, beauty, celebrity, and society. Appearing in these pages are many of the world’s most talented, beautiful, and accomplished from a vast array of fields, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Madonna, Damien Hirst, Alexander McQueen, Daphne Guinness, Beyoncé, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, the Beckhams, Tilda Swinton, and Jackie Kennedy. In addition to a foreword by the book’s editor, Stefano Tonchi, W: The First 40 Years also includes newly commissioned essays from writers Lynn Hirschberg, Marian McEvoy, and Vince Aletti. Longtime W contributor Christopher Bagley has edited the text and written revealing captions that draw upon the magazine’s most memorable interviews and reporting.

Praise for W:

W: The First 40 Years (Abrams, $75) recounts how the publication captures both the high and low sides of society, from Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian, to layouts on the lavish homes of Ann and Gordon Getty and Karl Lagerfeld. With the future of printed magazines far from certain, it’s fun to look back at an era when 58-page spreads of Madonna were not only permitted but indulged.” —The Denver Post

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lacking the roundness of 50 or the logic of 25, 40 seems an odd anniversary to commemorate in the life of a magazine. The publication that John Fairchild founded as "irreverent, unconventional, and always ahead of the curve," has carved a unique space in the culture. Will it exist in its current form in 2052? That's doubtful. The massive pages of this lush tome are an illustrated tour of late-20th century American culture with all of its giddy, gossipy, sex-and-money-fueled excesses; its relentless worship of celebrity and its appreciation of the spaces where low trash meets high art. The photography and layouts include gems like designer Alexander McQueen submerged in a fish tank; newly minted Vogue editor Anna Wintour explaining her penchant for dark sunglasses indoors; Truman Capote discussing his pot habit; and a brunette, unknown Lady Gaga a full year before her album came out. Any magazine equally comfortable with Jackie O and Kim Kardashian clearly has staying power. We can debate whether W is still "the place where icons are made," but one thing is certain-this book is a gorgeous look back through the last 40 years of fashion, design, art, style, and beauty. 400 color illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419704475
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 291,393
  • Product dimensions: 13.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefano Tonchi assumed the position of editor in chief at W in 2010. He was previously the creator and editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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