Every year as summer comes to an end and we all get back into our regular school, college or work routines, the September issue is published. While magazines and traditional print media has taken a back seat to social media and the internet in recent years, the September issue is still vital for fashion magazines, Vogue in particular. So much so that there was a documentary made in 2009 following American Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team in the production of the magazines 2007 September issue.
The September issue is usually the biggest, both in volume and importance, issue of a fashion magazine in the year. September marks the beginning of a new season and the magazine forecasts fashion trends for the oncoming year. However, in an age where social media sets the fashion trends, the September issues have lost some of their importance. Their saving grace is the cover, people always get excited to see who will be featured on the September issue and when it is unveiled the image gets millions of likes, comments and shares. It may even prompt people to buy the issue. Some of the most iconic Vogue September issue covers include:
In 2019, British Vogue saw Meghan Markle take up a guest editor role. The cover shows fifteen inspiring women, all from different parts of the world. Among them is environmental activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Ireland’s own activist and lecturer Sinéad Burke.
2018 saw Rihanna grace the cover of British Vogue, becoming the first black woman to feature on the magazines September issue. Edward Enninful said that he knew his first September issue cover as Editor-in-chief “had to be Rihanna”. The super skinny brows were an unusual choice but just proved to us all that Rihanna can do anything and still look stunning.
1998 marks the first year that Anna Wintour put a celebrity on the cover of the September issue. Renee Zellweger in that stunning red dress began the iconic editor’s habit of having A-listers on the cover. Between 2004 and 2011 not one supermodel was featured on the September issue of American Vogue.
Beyoncé was given total creative control for her 2018 American Vogue cover. She commissioned Tyler Mitchell to photograph the cover, making him the first African American photographer to shoot the cover in Vogue’s history.
1933, Vogue’s first ever September cover star, Toto Koopman a biracial model. During the second World War, Koopman became a spy for the Italian Resistance after beginning a relationship with an anti-Mussolini resistance leader. Koopman was arrested multiple times but escaped before being sent to a concetration camp in Germany. Before the camp was liberated, she, along with hundreds of other prisoners, were released to the Red Cross in Sweden.