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November 24, 2023

Fashion Illustrations For Vogue by Helen Dryden in the Early 20th Century

Born 1882 in Baltimore, American artist Helen Dryden spent a year trying to interest fashion magazines in her drawings after moving to New York in 1909. None, however, showed any interest in her work and many were harsh with criticism. She was particularly disappointed in her rejection by Vogue.

Fashion illustrations for Vogue by Helen Dryden in the early 20th century

Less than a year later, however, Condé Nast Publications assumed management of Vogue and set out to make changes. Upon seeing Dryden’s drawings, they directed the fashion editor to contact her immediately. The result was a Vogue contract that led to a 13-year collaboration (1909–1922) during which she produced many fashion illustrations and magazine covers.

Her “essentially romantic style produced some of the most appealing, yet fantastical images on Vogue covers, frequently depicting imagined rather than realistic representations of dress.” She also illustrated other Condé Nast titles, including Vanity Fair and House and Garden.

Dryden was reportedly described by The New York Times as being the highest-paid woman artist in the United States, though she lived in comparative poverty in later years. She died in 1972 in New York, aged 89.

Here below is a set of amazing photos that show fashion illustrations for Vogue by Helen Dryden in the early 20th century.

Cover of Vogue, November 1, 1911

Vogue, June 15, 1911

Cover of Vogue, July 1912

Cover of Vogue, February 1, 1913

Cover of Vogue, October 1913

Vogue, October 1, 1913

Cover of Vogue, July 1914

Cover of Vogue, Spring Fashions, April 1914

Vogue Magazine, March 1, 1914

Cover of Vogue, Christmas Gifts Number, December 1916

Cover of Vogue, July 15, 1916

Vogue, April 1916

Cover of Vogue, March 15, 1919

Cover of French Vogue, September 15, 1920

Cover of Vogue, December 1920

Cover of Vogue, June 1920

Cover of Vogue, November 1, 1920

Vogue, September 1, 1921

Cover of Vogue, December 1921

Cover of Vogue, June 15, 1921

Cover of Vogue, March 1921

British Vogue, October 1922

Cover of Vogue, January 15, 1922

Vogue, December 15, 1922

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