New York: V.V. Publishing Corporation, 1986. 1st Edition. Tabloid, publisher's side-stapled photo-illustrated newsprint.
First issue of the Village Voice's iconic, short-lived fashion supplement (which ran to six issues as an insert throughout 1986). Created as a bid for increased ad revenue, Vue was overseen by Voice editors Mary Peacock and Yolanda Cuomo, who were given free license to exercise their avant-garde sensibilities. They commisioned photographers more familiar to the galleries of SoHo than the pages of the major fashion weeklies. The first issue features a series on "gentrified denim" shot at Maxwell's in Hoboken by French photojournalist Peress, an ode to the polka dot shot by Wegman (with requiste Weimaramers), and an early piece by Fink on sculptural hats ("Post-Turbanism"), as well as Amy Arbus's monthly profile of new designers. Columns include "Ask Sister Soignee," by regular Voice advice columnist Cynthia Heimel, and "Shop Till You Drop" product features. "'There was nothing traditional about [Vue], and I think that's what was kind of great. In terms of the styling and the sensibility, it feels 21st-century. I think, in some ways, today it's more relevant than it ever was'" (Richard Corman, villagevoice.com). A window on the worlds of art and fashion in 1980s New York. (Preceded by a preview issue in 1985, under the title View.) Moderate creasing to wraps, some edgewer around side staples. Very good, scarce. Item #720