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Redux | Fashion in the 80’s: A Few Past Editorials from the Pages of Paris Vogue & More, Featuring Some of the Original Supermodels

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"L’ete Star", Vogue France, 1988Photographer - Patrick DemarchelierModel - Cindy Crawford

"L’ete Star", Cindy Crawford by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Paris, 1988

AWHILE AGO, WE STUMBLED upon a treasure trove of past fashion editorials from (mostly) the late eighties to the early nineties, the very time when the supermodel was making her ascension into the fashion world. The groundwork for this meteoric rise was laid in 1981, when Life magazine "cited Shelley Hack, Lauren Hutton, and Iman for Revlon, Margaux Hemingway for Fabergé, Karen Graham for Estee Lauder, Christina Ferrare for Max Factor, and Cheryl Tiegs for CoverGirl by proclaiming them the 'million dollar faces' of the beauty industry." (Wiki) These models, while not as well as known as the would-be supermodels that would follow, had negotiated (previously unheard of) and exclusive deals with major cosmetics companies, making them instantly recognizable and their names known to the public. It was also around this time that French model Inès de La Fressange became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with the haute couture fashion house, Chanel. Television and billboard advertising also began using models to endorse products, essentially replacing film stars.

Here are a few selected shots from these past editorial, featuring Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Paulina Porizkova, Claudia Schiffer and more ...

Vogue September 1987 feat Paulina Porizkova

‘Paris Seduction’ Paulina Porizkova by Arthur Elgort for Vogue
September 1987 (also featured Naomi Campbell & Linda Evangelista)

Elgort - Paulina - Vogue Paris 1986

Paulina Porizkova by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris, 1986

Christy. La Vie en Pose- Rentrée des artistes by Arthur Elgort

'Rentrée des artistes' Christy Turlington by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris September 1991



Yasmin Le Bon for Vogue Paris by Pamela Hanson, March 1988

Yasmin Le Bon by Pamela Hanson for Vogue Paris, March 1988

Yasmin Le Bon for Vogue Paris by Arthur Elgort, March 1988

Yasmin Le Bon by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris, March 1988

VOGUE France, August Photographer- Arthur Elgort Model- Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris, 1987

Linda Evangelista | Vogue UK 1987

Linda Evangelista by Hans Feurer for Vogue Magazine UK, March 1987

Valentino. Vogue Paris, December 1980-January 1981. Photographed by Gunter Sachs

Valentino, photographed by Gunter Sachs for Vogue Paris, December 1980-January 1981, model unknown.

Linda Evangelista | Photography by Hans Feurer | For Vogue Magazine UK | March 1987

Linda Evangelista by Hans Feurer for Vogue Magazine UK, March 1987

Claudia Schiffer wearing Chanel in "Paris Couture" by Herb Ritts for Vogue UK October 1989

Claudia Schiffer wearing Chanel in "Paris Couture" by Herb Ritts for Vogue UK October 1989



Karen Mulder photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, September 1991

Karen Mulder photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, September 1991

"By the 1990s, the supermodel became increasingly prominent in the media. The title became tantamount to superstar, to signify a supermodel's fame having risen simply from 'personality'. Supermodels did talk shows, were cited in gossip columns, partied at the trendiest nightspots, landed movie roles, inspired franchises, dated or married film stars, and earned themselves millions. Fame empowered them to take charge of their careers, to market themselves, and to command higher fees." (Wiki)

Carol Alt by Mike Reinhardt for Vogue Paris, May 1980

Carol Alt by Mike Reinhardt for Vogue Paris, May 1980

Linda Evangelista | Photography by Patrick Demarchelier | For Vogue UK | October 1987

Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, October 1987

"Paris S’Eveille", Vogue France September 1988 Model Linda Evangelista

Paris S’Eveille, Linda Evangelista for Vogue Paris, September 1988

1980-81 - Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé dress by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris

Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé dress, photography by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Paris, 1980-81

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