V Magazine was launched in September 1999 as the younger sibling publication to the limited-edition quarterly Visionaire. If Visionaire is a couture book, V is ready-to-wear. V is large-format and visually-driven, international in scope and collaborative in spirit.
It is edited by Stephen Gan with a focus on art, film, music, and fashion. V is noted for its extreme and artful fashion spreads by the world's greatest photographers, as well as its reportage of cultural figures and global youth culture. Contributors include Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Hedi Slimane, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, and Karl Lagerfeld. Interview subjects have included Joan Didion, Salman Rushdie, Robert Altman, Brooke Shields, and Norman Mailer.
V recently launched an offshoot called VMAN.
In 2005, 7L and Steidl published V Best: Five Years of V Magazine, chronicling the seminal first five years of the publication.