Modern-day Vogue covers have seen many iterations, but two themes have risen to the top as the most prominent features: models and celebrities (the latter now being the most-oft-featured cover stars). But back in the day, before the culture of celebrity rose to such prominence, Vogue covers were true works of art, in a literal sense—they featured hand-drawn illustrations.
We took a dive into Vogue's vintage cover archives to produce what we believe to be the best of the bunch—from the 1950s, '60s, and even into the '80s. These covers embody the best of what Vogue originally was: an of-the-moment fashion magazine aimed at the most socially mobile and affluent women in the world.
Keep scrolling to see the best vintage Vogue covers of all time!