Vogue’s Storybook Portfolios

Natalia Vodianova (as Alice) alongside Stephen Jones, and Christian Lacroix, as the March Hare. December 2003.

Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director since 1988, often provokes a narrative in her notoriously emotive editorials. As a Vogue employee for nearly 50 years, she has put this ability to use, particularly in the early 2000s, when the magazine began to interpret some of the most popular storybook narratives of all time. Vogue’s first storybook portfolio, portraying Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova as Alice from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, earned raves, many thanks undoubtedly due to Coddington’s styling work, which attempted to imitate the essence of John Tenniel’s original drawings for Carroll’s novel. In the following years, Grace, alongside acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, has shot everything from Keira Knightley as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, to Lady Gaga as Hansel and Gretel’s cunning villain in the ultimate pairing of the art and entertainment worlds.

In the opening image of the portfolio, Chanel Haute Couture.

In the opening image of the portfolio, Chanel Haute Couture.

Natalia Vodianova, in a Helmut Lang organza minidress, is feeling a bit cramped.

Viktor & Rolf silk dress and the designers in their own creation.

Viktor & Rolf silk dress and the designers in their own creation.

Keira Knightley follows the yellow brick road in Chrisitan Lacroix Haute Couture. April 2004.

Andrew Garfield and Lily Cole (as Hansel and Gretel) in the throes of the remarkably stylish old witch, played by Lady Gaga. 2009.

The Sandman casts a sleep upon the children. Both the Sandman and fish maître d' costumes provided by the Metropolitan Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel.

The Sandman casts a sleep upon the children. Both the Sandman and fish maître d’ costumes provided by the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

Drew Barrymore (as Belle), gazes into the magical looking glass in Chanel Haute Couture.

All photos courtesy of Vogue.com

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One comment

  1. These are beautiful. I love the narrative! Thanks for sharing

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