Georges Lepape, who created this “Vogue” cover, gave the fashion world a makeover filled with action and intrigue. From France, Lepape (1887 – 1971) was a brilliant fashion illustrator who imparted motion and storyline to his work for the renowned “Gazette du Bon Ton,” by showing models turning their backs on viewers, or leaving the frame. He worked for many houses, illustrating British “Vogue’s” first cover, as well as covers for “Harper’s Bazaar,” and a surprising eight “Vogue” covers in one year.
Recognized as one of the world’s most brilliant fashion illustrators, Georges Lepape (1887-1971) broke artistic ground by introducing action and intrigue to high fashion illustration. Born in France, his work was sought after by leading fashion houses. He illustrated the first cover of “Vogue’s” British edition and produced eight “Vogue” covers within one year in addition to creating covers for “Harper’s Bazaar.” In addition to his magazine work, Lepape provided artwork for luxury goods, catalogs, posters and the ballet.