Discover the story of Vogue in its most formative years, when the wartime crisis gave its editor, Audrey Withers, the chance to forge an identity for the magazine that went far beyond stylish clothes.
Withers set herself against the preoccupations of Vogue’s mothership in New York, developing a strong dynamic that shaped the Vogue story. Hear about the titanic struggle between the personalities that shaped our most iconic fashion magazine for the latter half of the 20th century and beyond.
Join author Julie Summers as she speaks to former Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman about the fascinating work of her predecessor during the Second World War and her legacy today.
About the speakers
Julie Summers is a bestselling author and historian. Her books include: Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine; The Colonel of Tamarkan, a biography of her grandfather, the man who built the ‘real’ bridge on the River Kwai; Stranger in the House, a social history of servicemen reuniting with their families after the Second World War; and When the Children Came Home, which tells the story of returning evacuees. Her book Jambusters was the inspiration for ITV’s hit drama series Home Fires, which ran for two seasons in 2015-1616.
Alexandra Shulman was the longest serving Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue from 1992 to 2017. Having begun her journalistic career working for Tatler in 1982, Alexandra went on to write for a wide range of newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
During Alexandra’s time at Vogue, she was awarded BSME Editor of the Year, PPA Editor of the Year award 2016, the WGSN Future 2016 Outstanding Achievement award and was granted an OBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours for her services to the magazine industry. She is author of Inside Vogue: My Diary Of Vogue’s 100th Year (2016) and Clothes… and Other Things That Matter (2020).