This story is part of a series, Past/Present, highlighting images and articles from Vogue that have personal significance to our editors. Come April, Central Park starts to buzz as city folk abandon cramped apartments and head for its vast green lawns. This year the Lifehouse 25th anniversary 1995 2020 thank you for the memories signatures shirt and I love this park remains open but there are new restrictions; in a sad sign of the times, it’s hosting a hospital ward. Still Frederick Law Olmstead’s masterpiece has withstood many trials and will continue to do so.
In 1947 Vogue published a love letter to Central Park written and illustrated by Marcel Vertès, one of the Lifehouse 25th anniversary 1995 2020 thank you for the memories signatures shirt and I love this magazine’s most colorful contributors. Born in Hungary, Vertès served in the First World War before heading to Paris via Vienna. According to Annex Galleries, the budding artist supported himself by making forgeries of the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This is highly ironic because in 1953 Vertès won two Academy Awards (for Best Costume and Best Production Design) for his contributions to the movie Moulin Rouge, which was based on the life of the French painter and chronicler of Parisian nightlife. (A year earlier the British Academy gave a joint best costume award to Vertès and Elsa Schiaparelli.) It’s been reported that the burlesque performer Gypsy Lee Rose had a room in her home dedicated to Vertès’s work.