By Maria Ward for Vogue
Vogue Colors A to Z—a coloring book for grown-ups and kids alike—has arrived.
Edited by Vogue Culture Editor Valerie Steiker and designed by Deputy Design Director Alberto Orta, the beautiful book published by Knopf features a Jazz Age–inspired alphabet, as well as 26 iconic Vogue covers from 1912 to 1932. These were originally created by 10 celebrated illustrators including Helen Dryden, George Wolfe Plank, and André Marty. The first-ever title of its kind lets readers bring fashion fantasies to life through color: Fill in an illustration of a woman in Victorian costume riding sidesaddle atop a zebra, or a woman in a floaty frock steering a gondola down the Grand Canal. How the flight of fancy first came to fruition is quite fitting: “In the middle of the night, I had one of those ‘We should have a coloring book!’ ideas,” Steiker revealed.
Over the next few months, Steiker dipped into the Vogue archives with the help of Vogue.com Archive Editor Laird Borrelli-Persson, penned a fashion alphabet, and spelled a stylish story filled with flapper dresses, feathers, boas, ribbons, and pearls. Punctuated by Orta’s dynamic layouts, full of Art Deco patterns and charming spot illustrations, there are pages upon pages of fashionable women dressed for the dreamiest of occasions, which will continue to inspire with every stroke of the pen, pencil, or crayon. “In the same way that our Kim Kardashian–Kanye cover sparks conversation now, these covers were arresting in their subjects and artistic influences, which range from Cubism to Japanese woodcuts to Alphonse Mucha,” Steiker says. “They gave direction about what was in the air and what women should be thinking about as they bought clothes for the season.”
To that end, readers can turn to the back for added insight into the fashion news conveyed on each individual cover. Along with luxuriously heavy stock paper and French flaps—perfect for coloring!—there’s a gatefold, perforated for your convenience, printed with 21 beautiful dresses to match the dates of the covers featured. “I think this looks like Karlie Kloss,” says Steiker, pointing to a glamorously draped line drawing, plucked right out of a 1932 Vogue. “She’s a tall, cool blonde and you might have seen her at an event last week.” Consider yourself invited.