The Covers

It’s not a new idea, but I’ve long been a fan of using vintage magazine covers as artwork. Even though so much work and manpower goes into the cover shoots of today’s modern magazine, it’s still pretty incredible to imagine the many artists who were commissioned to create unique illustrations for all the publications throughout the early part of the 20th century, before covers were photographed.

It had been a while since I’d browsed Conde Nast’s online shop of magazine covers, and I was surprised to find how much they’ve beefed it up. Just a few years ago, I feel like the selection wasn’t nearly as good. Though the prints are pricey, I loved looking through the covers by decade, to see how the art direction, the tone, and of course, the fashion changes throughout the years.

Do you have any vintage magazine covers in your home? Which one is your favorite?

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18 Comments

  1. 2.21.12
    ashley said:

    love these!!! my favorites are the first in each category! i heart the early 1900’s! xo. {a {little} dash of ash}

  2. 2.21.12

    I dont have any in my own home yet, but I agree that they are a wonderful, timeless piece of artwork. I especially love The New Yorker and Vogue in these. Great picks :)

    -Caitlin @ Reverie to Reality

  3. 2.21.12
    viv said:

    I would love to add a small gallery wall of these beauties to my bedroom.

  4. 2.21.12
    jillian said:

    i love the new yorker covers! great round up. xo

  5. 2.21.12

    Awesome resource!! Wish I had a dressing room (or even a walk-in closet) for a series of them…

  6. 2.21.12

    I LOVE vintage magazine covers! I’m always excited to stumble upon a pile of them in an antique store. Some of the ads inside are amazing too, and work great for artwork!

  7. 2.21.12

    these are great! Though they aren’t exactly vintage, I’ve loved every LULA cover since the beginning. I have a hard time parting with my issues but now that I’m anti-clutter I’ve had to downsize on the magazine collections, haha.

  8. 2.21.12
    Whitney said:

    What a clever idea. I love it! Is it hard to find them??

  9. 2.21.12
    Nnenna said:

    These vintage magazine covers are so cool and I love the idea of using them as artwork. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  10. 2.21.12
    Kate said:

    I was just looking through old magazine covers searching for the ones from Whitney Houston’s modeling days.These would look lovely clustered in one room. My favorite will always be the Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers, I can look through them for hours…cheesy, I know :)
    <3 Kate
    http://www.theforgetfulwife.com

  11. 2.21.12

    Love this! Do you have the Vogue Covers book? I’m obsessed with it… I really want to get a few of them framed. It also makes for perfect coffee table art, if your boyfriend (cough, cough) happens to be averse to you hanging women’s magazine covers all over your apartment!!

  12. 2.21.12
    Lisa said:

    I never tire of vintage magazine covers. Love the Vogue ones in particular.

  13. 2.21.12
    Alexa said:

    I LOVE the vogue one with the dog! So super sweet…and yes…so perfect as art!

  14. 2.21.12
    Keren V. said:

    One of the reasons I love The New Yorker is because it still employs artists to illustrate cover design. David Hockney is an amazing artist who creates most of his covers using Brushes and Me Draw for the iPad. They are truly beautiful.

    http://thewalkup.wordpress.com/

    • 2.21.12
      vmacandcheese said:

      Who knew?? Awesome insight!

  15. 2.22.12
    Neda said:

    I love these and can’t wait to browse their website. I’ve been wanting a Vogue cover for my closet, like forever.

  16. 2.23.12

    I love these too, I have several framed myself. I’ve got a Vogue cover I’m about to do a giveaway with…

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