Women's Wear Daily turns 100, launches special collector's issue

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The esteemed fashion, retail and beauty trade paper Women's Wear Daily celebrates its 100th year in circulation with the publication of a big, glossy commemorative issue out November 1 that traces the evolution of fashion as well as WWD's own coverage of industry news.



The 321-page special issue features a collage of designers and celebrities on its cover who are arranged as if they were attendees at a fashion show. Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren sit in the front row, a testament to their lasting legacies on the world of fashion, with Andy Warhol and Cindy Crawford relegated to the less-important back row.

The centerpiece of WWD's commemorative issue is "100 Remarkable Moments"- a look at the 100 designers, celebrities and top trends that have defined the world of fashion since the early 1900s. Moments that made it onto the WWD list include the arrival of Chanel in 1918, Truman Capote's Black and White ball in 1966, and the impact of the American television series Sex and the City on fashion, for example.

Eric Wilson of the New York Times fashion blog On the Runway interviewed Bridget Foley, the executive editor of WWD, about this week's special issue. Foley emphasized that it's "not a history book". What the editors wanted to do instead was "represent some of the key issues and motifs of the industry that had been important within the past 100 years. It is a highly subjective distillation of 100 years, and that is what made it fun. There were certain things that were very obvious, and some people who would be at the top of the list to anyone who ever made a shirt."

The collectible issue features a bevy of other whimsical articles and features such as "We Said It" - which lists numerous witticisms coined by WWD including the term fashion victim, "Life and Times" - a visual history of the paper from 1910 to present day, and "They Said It" - which assembles some 250 quotes uttered by some of the unforgettable fashion personalities during interviews with WWD.

WWD is published by the Fairchild Fashion Group. The Fairchild Fashion Group includes WWD.com,  WWD Beauty BizFN ( Footwear News), and Fairchild Books, and is a unit of Condé Nast.

In April 1992, Vogue US, another Condé Nast title referred to as the industry's "fashion bible, "celebrated its centennial with a record 526 pages, up from 231 in April 1991. The special edition's supermodel cover featuring Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Niki Taylor, Elaine Irwin, Claudia Shiffer and Naomi Campbell, was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

The WWD special 100th anniversary edition is on sale at the publication's website for $12.99. International shipping is provided for customers living outside the US.

To order your copy visit: https://www.pubservice.com/pr/wwd/OrderForm_v2.aspx?CO=FC&PNO=WD100ANV

 

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