Vanity Fair's first issue (as Dress & Vanity Fair) came on October 1, 1913. The magazine's 100th anniversary issue will feature iconic images from the magazine's past and commissioned essays on each decade of the magazine's life.
In his Editor’s Letter, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter remarks on the magazine’s milestone: “In an age when nothing seems to last—not convictions, not even cities—a centennial, like the one Vanity Fair celebrates this year, makes me marvel at the simple fact of longevity.”
“Magazines have ‘bones’—the unchanging elements that give structure to creativity—as surely as gardens and houses do,” writes Carter. “Today’s magazine is different in countless ways from yesterday’s—as even the briefest excursion through this issue will show. But I like to think that if [Vanity Fair’s first editor] Frank Crowninshield…could see the modern Vanity Fair, stripped of its logo and other identifying marks, he’d know in an instant what he held in his hands.”
The October 2013 issue will be on newsstands in LA and NY on Sept. 5, and released for e-Readers on the 10th. The magazine will further commemorate the anniversary, vanityfair.com will launch an anniversary hub with more than 200 pieces of archival and new original content (including videos, articles, slide shows, interactive features and Spotify playlists).
Making it through two World Wars, multiple Depressions, and the rise of digital online media is quite an accomplishment. Here's to the next hundred.
Source - Introducing Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary Issue, Featuring Cover Model Kate Upton, VF Daily