Last year, VOGUE World made its New York debut with a big fashion event on West 13th Street: Serena Williams showed up at the opening; 112 models strode to Madonna’s “Vogue” dance; Mikhail Baryshnikov gave a wonderful ballet performance; The Hadid sisters performed with Lil Nas X; There are also 80 marathon runners, eight female students from Howard University, and a cameo from Oscar the Grouch. And after the entertainment, ticket-buyers joined VOGUE editors and a host of top stars for a street party co-hosted by the world’s leading fashion brands: At the scene, you can see different brands of food trucks laid out Gucci cookies, Michael Kors X Katz’s Deli pastrami sandwiches, and Fendi baguettes……
The biggest stars of British theatre are helping to curate VOGUE World: in London, Stephen Daldry, along with director Emily Burns and producer Fran Miller, are coordinating the event. Above, Ian McKellen teaches models Kesewa Aboah, Jean Campbell and Alva Claire how to master the art of bowing.
In September this year, VOGUE will continue to present a theatrical production in London that contains the best of British culture and fashion. Created by BAFTA and Olivier award-winning director Stephen Daldry, whose credits include The Crown and Billy Elliot, the event will kick off London Fashion Week with a series of red carpets, dramatic performances and a catwalk extravaganza at the Theatre Royal’s Drury Lane. A selection of the Autumn/Winter 2023 collection is also on display.
With the support of the Royal Opera House, Andrew Lloyd Webbe and LW Theatre, the Royal Ballet and Lambert Dance Company (along with Naomi Campbell), every aspect of the performing arts will be represented at VOGUE World.
From Shakespeare to Stormzy, the gala paid tribute to British creatives from a variety of fields, including opera singers, supermodels, fashion designers and ballet dancers…… From Ian McKellen to Michaela Coel, Victoria Beckham to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, ticket-buying audiences will see some of the most talented people in the city at the same time.
Photographer Charlotte Wales introduced the VOGUE World concept in a series of photos taken by friends of VOGUE: Griff and Jorja Smith with Chineke! The orchestra poses at the Museum of Natural History. And out of the shot, an 80-foot blue whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling above them.
“I am delighted to be co-hosting VOGUE World for the second time in London,” said Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British VOGUE and editorial Director of VOGUE Europe. “For 107 years, British VOGUE has been focused on fashion, culture and the magic where the two meet. Now, with the help of industry-leading talent, we bring the content on the page to life to support the full range of creative arts in London. I can’t wait for everyone to join us for an unforgettable evening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.”
Just like New York, VOGUE World in London will be a veritable fashion extravaganza, bringing together talent and fashion looks from emerging designers. Pictured are Victoria Beckham, TikTok celebrity Khaby Lame, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Deputy Mayor for Culture Justine Simons and the NHS Choir.
Here’s your chance to join VOGUE for this season’s events. Tickets for Vogue World: London have officially gone on sale to the general public. (Want priority access? Sign up for Vogue Club now. 100% of the net ticket proceeds will go towards funding London’s performing arts organisations, including the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Lambert’s Dance Company and the Royal Ballet. Anna Wintour, chief Content officer of Conde Nast and global editorial director of Vogue, affirms: “The arts are under threat in the UK and Vogue World is a timely reminder of how important they are, how much they are a vital part of our lives and how much they need our support.” In the meantime, those unable to make it to the West End can follow the event via a live stream from all Vogue websites worldwide.
The stars of stage and screen are set to shine at Vogue World: London, from Hamlet’s Kush Jonber to Bridgetown’s Simone ASHLEY to Heart’s Beat’s William Goh, as they gather at the Regency Cafe, where model Giselle Norman will take turns as a waitress. Are you ready to dress the celebrities in attendance that night? British Vogue fashion director Poppy Kane, contributing fashion editor Jack Boycott and the incomparable Harry Lambert.
If you are not yet a member of VOGUE Club, you can register now by clicking on the link below. Meanwhile, those who can’t make it to the West End in person will be able to follow the event via a live stream from all of VOGUE’s global websites.