Patterns in Vogue: Stella Tennant by Steven Meisel

Vogue 9345 trench pattern in Vogue, May 1996
Stella Tennant in “Spare Change,” Vogue, May 1996. Photo: Steven Meisel. Editor: Camilla Nickerson. Image: Vogue Archive.

Stella Tennant turns 50 today. In a Bauhaus-inspired, mid-’90s editorial, the British supermodel wears a minimalist trench coat made from a Vogue pattern.

Tennant’s trench is view C of Vogue 9345, made up in cotton twill from B&J Fabrics and, as always, “edited by Vogue.”

1990s Misses' / Misses' Petite coat pattern Vogue 9345
Vogue 9345 (1995) Image: Etsy.

Happy 50th, Ms. Tennant!

Stella Tennant in an Alexander McQueen blanket coat by Sarah Burton, AW 2018
Stella Tennant in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, Fall 2018. Image: Vogue Runway.

How Do You Spell Pride?

1970s iron-on rainbow transfer alphabet McCall's 5567
McCall’s 5567 (1977) Set of full colour iron-on transfers.

This Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, in New York City, on the one-year anniversary of Stonewall.

Despite being headquartered in New York, the big pattern companies have an uneven record of celebrating Pride — at least visibly, on social media. In past years, I’ve tweeted about this silence.

A search for McCall’s + Pride yields this single tweet from 2018.

It’s not too late for the Big 4, and their new parent company IG Design Group, to show support for LGBTQ+ communities. And virtual Pride in London has only just begun.

Happy Pride!