(x) Paris Vogue cover type - Caslon 540 {Patricia, Mark S}

Thousand Leaves's picture

Can anybody identify the Typeface used here? I know it's not the best image but it's all I got.

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pattyfab's picture

Do you mean the masthead or the other font? Masthead is a Didot, probably custom for Vogue. The other looks like a Caslon probably.

Thousand Leaves's picture

Not the masthead

pattyfab's picture

I thought Caslon 540 too but the roman especially looks lighter than that - maybe a custom Vogue Caslon based on 540?

.'s picture

I've got a copy of Vogue Paris right here, and a comparison with Caslon 540 reveals some minor differences, but the base is undoubtedly 540.

dave bailey's picture

I thought Caslon 540 too but the roman especially looks lighter than that - maybe a custom Vogue Caslon based on 540?

I had the same thoughts and ended up not posting because I wasn't sure what the deal was, didn't think a custom face would be used for headlines.

pattyfab's picture

Many many magazines, especially major mags like Vogue commission custom fonts for both headline and body copy. It can be frustrating because they are often very beautiful and yet not commercially available. See below, for example:

http://www.typography.com/profile/clients.html

Thousand Leaves's picture

yes, it's unfair, I asked a similar question regardign The New York Times Magazine and recieved a similar answer. Bummer, they always seem to be just a little bit better than what i can get my hands on.

.'s picture

TL, I would say that Caslon 540 is practically identical to the Vogue Paris font, so if you're going for that look, you would do very well with it.

dave bailey's picture

Many many magazines, especially major mags like Vogue commission custom fonts for both headline and body copy. It can be frustrating because they are often very beautiful and yet not commercially available. See below, for example:
http://www.typography.com/profile/clients.html

I learn something new here every day. I was unaware that this was common practice!

pattyfab's picture

It's a way for the mag to have a distinct look. But that said there are PLENTY of beautiful fonts that are available commercially!

tanyaholbrook's picture

http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/new_faces/

This is an interesting article from Freize about the typfaces and art direction of Paris Vogue. It seems that the typeface is called "Carine" and is custom designed by m/m Paris.

divyacounter's picture

hi !

I urgently need to find out the font use around the 1980's in Vogue Paris (when the magazine was under Colombe Pringle direction).
Specifically, I want to ID the typeface used on 1989 covers - does anyone know what this is??

I've uploaded a couple of images of what I'm referring to.

If I am lucky enough that someone knows - please could you also inform me where I might download/buy it??

Thanks!!!

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