Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine published in eighteen countries by Condé Nast Publications. Each month, Vogue publishes a magazine addressing topics of fashion, life and design.
Vogue was described by book critic Caroline Weber in The New York Times in December 2006 as "the world's most influential fashion magazine":
"Vogue is to our era what the idea of God was, in Voltaire’s famous parlance, to his: if it didn’t exist, we would have to invent it. Revered for its editorial excellence and its visual panache, the magazine has long functioned as a bible for anyone worshiping at the altar of luxury, celebrity and style. And while we perhaps take for granted the extent to which this trinity dominates consumer culture today, Vogue’s role in catalyzing its rise to pre-eminence cannot be underestimated."
Vogue is most famous as a presenter of images of high fashion and high society, but it also publishes writings on art, culture, politics, and ideas. It has also helped to enshrine the fashion model as celebrity. Vogue is regularly criticized, along with the fashion industry it writes about, for valuing wealth, social connections, and low body weight over more noble achievements.
Vogue is widely published; today, it is published in twenty one countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
The following individuals have served as editor-in-chief of the American version of Vogue:
- Josephine Redding (1892 - 1901)
- Marie Harrison (1901 - 1914)
- Edna Woolman Chase (1914 – 1951)
- Jessica Daves (1952 – 1963)
- Diana Vreeland (1963 – 1971)
- Grace Mirabella (1971 – 1988)
- Anna Wintour (1988 – present)