In memoriam: Stella Tennant

Stella Tennant in Oscar de la Renta opera coat, Oh, Pioneers! Arthur Elgort / Grace Coddington
Stella Tennant in Oscar de la Renta FW 2001, Vogue, June 2001. Photo: Arthur Elgort. Editor: Grace Coddington. Image: Bellazon.

In memory of Stella Tennant, 1970–2020.

Silk crepe bias-cut dress with gold ivy, Givenchy Haute Couture by Alexander McQueen. "White Noise" photographed by Craig McDean; fashion editor: Melanie Ward.
Stella Tennant in Spring 1997 Givenchy Haute Couture by Alexander McQueen (The Search for the Golden Fleece), Harper’s Bazaar, May 1997. Photo: Craig McDean. Editor: Melanie Ward.

Read her British Vogue obituary.

Plainsong: Chintzy prints brighten dusty gray days. Cabbage-rose taffeta off-the-shoulder gown with matching wrap belt, John Galliano Paris.
Stella Tennant in John Galliano FW 2001 (Techno Romance), Vogue, June 2001. Photo: Arthur Elgort. Editor: Grace Coddington. Image:

Patterns in Vogue: Anna Wintour Birthday Edition

Vogue 8155 cotton kimono in Vogue, January 1989
Kara Young, Carré Otis, and Jennifer Noble in Vogue, January 1989. Photo: Patrick Demarchelier. Editor: Grace Coddington.

Happy birthday to Anna Wintour, who turns 70 today.

Wintour included Vogue patterns in U.S. Vogue from her first issue as editor. Above, the models’ white cotton kimonos were made with a unisex robe pattern (Vogue 8155). Below, in Wintour’s first issue, Cathy Fedoruk wears a Very Easy dress (Vogue 7146) in cotton piqué.

"Hot Prospects" Vogue Nov 1988 Wintour 1st issue. The new colors for resort: gunmetal and white. Make the dress that may make your summer: for A.M./P.M., city/ resort, a textured cotton piqué dress with a square-necked front. Vogue Pattern no. 7146. Fabric, Batex S.P.A. Beauty and the back: sun protection from Ultima II ProCollagen SPF 4. Plain geometry: bold crisscross straps on dresses
Cathy Fedoruk in “Hot Prospects,” Vogue, November 1988. Photo: Patrick Demarchelier. Editor: Jenny Capitain.

In Wintour’s first Holiday issue, “Skirts are layered for a romantic ballerina look.” Carré Otis’ skirts (Vogue 7267) are cream polyester chiffon from Symphony Fabric Corp and blue Stehli Seiden silk-polyamid georgette; the Chanel-style jacket is a Vogue Career design (Vogue 7316) in linen from Hamilton Adams, worn with a Very Easy top (Vogue 7128) in Jasco matte rayon jersey. “Sewing tips: eliminate cuff and finish sleeve… Cut skirt to desired length.”

"Sheer Effects" Vogue Dec 1988 7267 skirt, 7316 jacket, 7128 top (1988). Skirts are layered for a romantic ballerina look. Two chiffon skirts give a classic jacket and top an unexpected twist. Skirts, Vogue Pattern no. 7267. Cream chiffon, Symphony Fabric Corp.; blue chiffon, Stehli Seiden at Gordon Textiles International. Jacket, Vogue Career Pattern no. 7316. Linen, Hamilton Adams. T-shirt, Vogue Pattern no. 7128. Jasco rayon matte jersey.
Carré Otis in “Sheer Effects,” Vogue, December 1988. Photo: Arthur Elgort. Editor: Jenny Capitain.