With the news that The New Yorker has redesigned its website and opened its archives to the public until a paywall is established this autumn, readers everywhere have been devouring ninety years worth of the most engaging journalism and fiction ever printed. On readers, desktops, phones, and even printed out for beach consumption, everyone is catching up during what the magazine calls a “summer-long free-for-all.” As fashion nerds, we are most excited about the incomparable profiles of the industry’s most compelling characters, from Richard Avedon to Marc Jacobs (with pit stops at the inventor of Spanx and Harlem’s most notorious counterfeiter). The New Yorker has always covered fashion enthusiastically. Lois Long began the ‘Fifth Avenue’ column in 1925, which later became ‘On and Off the Avenue,’ which still exists today. To mark this sweet gift of summer reading, i-D gives you the five fashion profiles not to miss during the archive’s opening.
This delightfully lengthy profile of Richard Avedon at his peak is proof that The New Yorker has not changed much in the last fifty years. Noted violinist and critic Winthrop Sargeant was one of the writers who set the precedent for the long-form articles that still define the magazine today. In A Woman Entering a Taxi in the Rain, (the title refers to one of the poetic moments immortalised by R.A.) Sargeant captures the great photographer at age thirty-five, when he was photographing regularly for Diana Vreeland’s Harper’s Bazaar, and had been catapulted to fame by his fictionalisation in 'Funny Face.' Over the course of over eight thousand words, we learn that Avedon reviles the countryside, adores his wife, and procures most of his income from advertisements for products such as Pabst beer (!).