80’s & 90’s ¡MagE & SOUND FEED

Albert Watson, German Vogue 1981
Helmut Newton for Vogue Paris, April 1977
Ellen Von Unwerth for Vogue Italia. February 1993
???, early 90's British Vogue
Escada campaign, 1991
Ellen Von Unwerth for American Vogue, 1991?
Steven Meisel, Italian Glamour March 1992
Thank you so so much to the amazing people who contribute to the Vintage Magazine scans forum at the Fashion Spot.
Magazines today pale in comparison to how they used to be…models too. Something about these images is so powerful and assertive. You rarely ever see this kind of energy in spreads now.
I much prefer the glamorous and femenine models of then to today's 16 year old rail thin models who cringe in front of the camera, staring ahead blankly and bow-legged. Not all models or shots are like this, of course…definitely not! But it's certainly an image that's present in magazines today. The images presented here are much more empowering, and interesting!
Oh, and this post wouldn't be complete without some cheesy Italo disco and pop.

Okay, time warp over!
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  1. cassiopeia says:

    Ooooh! WOW! Got to love Escada. I get such a kick out of all my mum’s suits from there from the 80s and 90s :-D

  2. Cruz says:

    Love these! I find myself inclined towards loving vintage photos more than the ones we see in magazines today too, totally see what you mean. These are so gorgeous! Love my Helmut Newton. :) I see you’ve posted another post right when I get home school again LOL keep it up it’s convenient! :p

  3. definitely agree …models + editorials …helmut newton photos are so brilliant.

  4. Mara says:

    Ah, the Escada tiger shirt! So funny.

  5. Cindy says:

    I love it! the Escada Ad looks so much like Janet Dickenson and the American Vogue ad looks so much like Cindy Crawford. Thanks for sharing I love a blast from my past and I agree they were glamorous and feminine back then.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I could not agree more, what you said about models of today compared to “then”.
    Those early 80s shots bring back memories of hot Florida summers spent visiting my bohemian, super-chic aunt. I started reading her Vogues during that time, when I was a teenager…The models, even those in the ads (hello Bain de Soleil!), seemed so exotic, worldly and powerful. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)

  7. Jecca says:

    That Cindy photo is so hot. Love it! And you’re right on about the power and strength of the models and shoots in that era.

  8. jules says:

    I went through these photos like 5x’s they are incredible I believe your opinion on mags these days in comparison to back then…..back then modeling was an art, energy oozed off of the pages as such natural beauty real beauty
    i adore your blog– your insight precedes you by many years girly, keep it up!

  9. jules says:

    I went through these photos like 5x’s they are incredible I believe your opinion on mags these days in comparison to back then…..back then modeling was an art form –energy just oozed off of the pages… and the models were such natural beauties
    i adore your blog– your insight precedes you by many years girly, keep it up!

  10. Brigadeiro says:

    Wow, so colourful! :) How I miss the 90’s Supermodels, and Yasmeen Ghauri’s here! She used to be one of my faves!

  11. boubou says:

    I love your 90s inspiration :) the best time ever ! i wish model from nowadays could be as natural as the 90s model and with more shapes !!

  12. Sydnie says:

    Fabulous photos. You have great taste, Jane!

  13. anne says:

    I totally agree with you about the models. rather than look intentionally vacant and bone thin, these girls are passionate and beautiful. love, love, love, love the german vogue spread.

  14. candid cool says:

    wow, my favorite is that picture of cindy!! cindy was very much the big model of my time. i was a bit too young for linda e and turlington.

  15. Corrie says:

    I love perusing that forum too, it makes me want to scour flea markets for vintage fashion mags. Sosososo awesome.

  16. the Voguette says:

    the first pics are most definitley my favorites! i LOVEEE the vintage mag section of the fashion spot as well!!
    i totally agree 16-year old models are creepy. I dont care if they look like they’re 25, they are WAY TOO YOUNG!
    The Voguette

  17. iru says:

    the framing of that helmet newton is perfection. your visual research is always top notch.
    thanks for sharing!

  18. quelle says:

    completely agree about the 80s/90s editorials being more powerful. there is a lot more ethereal and dreamy editorials today.

  19. Libby says:

    So much more powerful and striking!

  20. Adrienne says:

    Those videos are awesome! What is most endearing about them is how they go all the way in terms of tack with no embarrassment or sense of restriction. And then it isn’t tacky anymore, it’s just plain fun :D
    LEspecially loving the first three pictures.

  21. Cari says:

    I wish I could be laying around a pool! xo Cari http://isnotfashion.blogspot.com/

  22. S.I.Q. says:

    i love the archives that you post!
    -New MET Institute Costume Gala

  23. aya says:

    “I much prefer the glamorous and femenine models of then to today’s 16 year old rail thin models who cringe in front of the camera, staring ahead blankly and bow-legged. ”
    Oh you couldn’t put it any better aah this amde my morning!

  24. V says:

    Oh Jane I definitely agree with you about the energy in the editorials from the 90’s (especially when compared with the ones out at the moment). They assault you with their presence, you have to stop and LOOK at the page, whereas now there is a lot of page turning…hm hope I made sense.

  25. Kim says:

    Love the pictures and your thougths on models “now and then”!

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  27. Marie says:

    You must look at this video of Sara Carlson, a swedish singer performing in an Italian tvshow 1984. It´s amazing and goes so well with your images!

  28. iole says:

    Hi, thank you for sharing this amazing pics!

  29. Kim says:

    The other thing that really strikes me about these photos are the women’s breasts. No silicon torpedo boobs here!!j When did we as a society decide that unless a woman is a C cup, she can’t model swimsuits? I’m just marveling that the woman in Helmut Newton shot was selected for a bathing suit shoot even though she is completely flat chested. Go her!!!

  30. Rosa says:

    So true Jane! I loved the image of the Amazonian models of the 90s like Naomi Campbell, for example. So much attitude! I don’t understand how people can hire these models who look like they’re going to fall over and die any moment of starvation. It is so unappealing.
    Also these pictures are not all airbrushed like the ones now a days…Much more real.
    Great post.

  31. Geri Wu says:

    i love the bright colors and bold prints :)
    xx, Geri

  32. maggie says:

    This is sooo funny… OKay I’ve been lurking this blog now and then so today I came to check it out… and you put the link for Denis &Denis :D I’ve been searching their videos on tube just couple of hours ago…
    Anyway, if anybody cares, it’s a bend from former Yugoslavia (that was actually right next to Itally ;) ) and they were quite popular.
    Okay, back to my silence vow :D
    PS Keep on rocking Jane :)

  33. wow it’s wonderful
    and how pretty they are!

  34. Vintage Editorials are a passion of mine….
    Funny videos!

  35. Ty Ty says:

    Love this! the magazines were so gorgeous back then… great photos. keep up the good work. oh and funny videos! http://fashionforafashionista.blogspot.com/

  36. Niki says:

    OMG, I almost fainted when I saw Denis&Denis video here. I was really surprised. How do you know about them? They are Croatian band, so popular in ex Yugoslavia in the 80’s. Great link! :) Regards from Croatia!

  37. mimi says:

    Croatians fainting over and over! Jane posting Denis&Denis! cool :)

  38. monika-luiza says:

    Wow,that were really different times back then. Especially Kate Moss looks amazing on the to shots. . .

  39. Danny Daily says:

    just pure awesomeness. reminds of gianni versace’s perfect sense of glam and constraints.

  40. Vanessa says:

    Please could you send me an invite for the fashion spot…….i’ve been looking for vintage editorials for ages and wondered where everyone was getting them from.
    Would be greatly appreciated x

  41. ladybug says:

    Nice images, great actually!
    But where did you find Denis&Denis? That’s a famous band from Rijeka, city in Croatia where I come from ..crazy!

  42. slowdownkid says:

    i love how fun these images are to look at. in vogues now, theres always at least one photoshoot where theres nothing but a white backdrop, so boring. and even though kate has one behind her in that photo above, the outfit and pose capture the readers attention.
    check out my blog, i just did a post on edie and edith bouvier beale.

  43. The ??? is Elaine Irwin. I used to live near her . . . and would see her jogging with her rock-star husband, while he pushed the baby jogger!

  44. chantelle says:

    helmut newton… whoa!

  45. maddie says:

    ahhhh me too!! i have like half those magazines from my mom’s old collection, i really need to scan more in!

  46. kelly says:

    i haven’t heard ofra haza in years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. dajrekshn says:

    jane, you’re one with an amazing sense for the style. been keeping up with you for months now..great! oh and thanks for denis&denis, it’s megapopular band from the ’80s from croatia, how in the world did you find them ?

  48. Manja says:

    I just recently saw that Helmut Newton Editorial at a Helmut Newton Fashion editorial exhibition in Berlin. I love his pictures!

  49. Hi :)
    I’ve been a fan of your great blog since a long time ago, but I gues this is the first time I comment. I just want to say that you are on my “Girls With Style” list and also that you are beautiful and have an amazing collection of clothes and of course SHOES :D
    Your blog is an inspiration :)
    On the “LAZY OUTFIT, THREW ON THE NEW JIL SANDERS!!” post you look really beautiful :)
    By the way, your mother is very beautiful too :)

  50. mila says:

    hahaha I cant believe you put a song from Denis and Denis!That`s a Vroatian song,and I am Croatian!Very cool :D

  51. Love it!! Totally agree about the model talks! Just like the quote in Gia movie, “We need fresh meats!”
    and I guess that’s all we need in editorials, campaigns, etc. :)

  52. anne says:

    “I much prefer the glamorous and femenine models of then to today’s 16 year old rail thin models who cringe in front of the camera, staring ahead blankly and bow-legged. ”
    I Totally agree with this! These models have real bods. Love it!

  53. aviva says:

    ofra haza, i absolutely adore her!

  54. M says:

    i love john mellencamp’s wife. she is so gorgeous. so bold.
    sincerely, M

  55. Robby Danger says:

    SOOOO true! Great Post.

  56. Lauren says:

    these pictures make me feel so old.. The 90s were my prime teen years! sob

  57. all about fashion nostalgia! don’t let it stop!

  58. Tyler says:

    Oh man, those first few shots totally remind me of Adam Ant.. love it. He’s a huge style inspiration for me right now.

  59. Noa Tsaushu says:

    The model from the unknown early 90’s British Vogue picture is Israeli top model (back than) Michaela Berko…just for general knowledge.. Noa, a fan from Tel-Aviv

  60. helen says:

    oh you’re so right about the model-thing! most of them are just so…blank nowadays, aren’t they? And I love the non-photoshopped images… it all looks so real, like models actually were real (extremely beautiful but still real) people back then!

  61. Ana says:

    One more Denis&Denis song you might like :)

  62. Pen says:

    You look amazing!

  63. sif says:

    Lovely!! and i love your blog!!

  64. nancy says:

    yeah….denis and denis are croatian….reaaaally how did you find them??