EMILY PRESCOTT: Condé Nasties call to preserve Vogue HQ as Mayfair offices could be demolished


EMILY PRESCOTT: Condé Nasties call for action… to preserve iconic Vogue headquarters as Mayfair offices could be demolished

It is one of the fashion world’s most famous buildings, described as the ‘beating heart’ of the glossy magazine world.

And now Vogue House is at the centre of a bid to stop it being demolished after publishing giant Condé Nast announced it would be quitting the Mayfair offices after more than 65 years.

Calls to save the site were sparked by former managing director Sir Nicholas Coleridge, who posted on Instagram: ‘I can’t help feeling nostalgic about this landmark HQ, perfectly positioned between Sotheby’s, Claridge’s and the Apple store. It will probably be demolished and replaced.’

OFF TREND: Vogue House (pictured) is at the centre of a bid to stop it being demolished after publishing giant Condé Nast announced it would be quitting the Mayfair offices

In his memoirs, The Glossy Years, Sir Nicholas Coleridge gave a glimpse of life in the fashion landmark, writing: 'When the lift doors opened, it could be anyone inside. The Princess of Wales, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista (pictured), male models on their way to castings, posh totty walking dogs, interior designers delivering lampshades to House & Garden Magazine¿ this was the daily traffic of Vogue House'

In his memoirs, The Glossy Years, Sir Nicholas Coleridge gave a glimpse of life in the fashion landmark, writing: ‘When the lift doors opened, it could be anyone inside. The Princess of Wales, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista (pictured), male models on their way to castings, posh totty walking dogs, interior designers delivering lampshades to House & Garden Magazine… this was the daily traffic of Vogue House’

Since then, a host of ‘Condé Nasties’ – the nickname of those who have worked at the publisher’s upmarket magazines, which include Vogue – have indicated their support.

TV presenter Vanessa Scott, who worked for Italian Vogue and Vogue TV, said: ‘Can we not start a campaign to list/save it? This is quietly heartbreaking…’

Society photographer Dafydd Jones added: ‘Definitely it should be listed. It should have a plaque for all the famous late 20th Century editors, writers and photographers who worked there.’

And Lady Victoria Hervey, who was an intern at Tatler, added: ‘Vogue House had been a staple for so many of us working in fashion.

‘Very sad to see this piece of history turn to dust.’

Calls to save the site were sparked by former managing director Sir Nicholas Coleridge (pictured)

Calls to save the site were sparked by former managing director Sir Nicholas Coleridge (pictured)

In his memoirs, The Glossy Years, Sir Nicholas gave a glimpse of life in the fashion landmark, writing: ‘When the lift doors opened, it could be anyone inside. The Princess of Wales, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, male models on their way to castings, posh totty walking dogs, interior designers delivering lampshades to House & Garden Magazine… this was the daily traffic of Vogue House.’

Condé Nast announced last week it would be moving to The Strand in Central London next year.

Vogue House owners, the Church Commissioners, declined to comment.

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