How the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List Gets Made: An Exclusive Look at the Ballot and Graydon Carter's Instructions on How To Fill it Out

Since 2002 Vanity Fair has put out an annual "International Best Dressed List" which honors 10 men and 10 women for their superior sartorial choices. The list also inducts hall of famers, cites first ladies, couples, professional and siblings who have dressed to impress that year. The list is created by "an international committee of fashion authorities," and "has as its purpose the maintenance of a continuous historical record of fashion as embodied, defined, and interpreted by influential and prominent personalities each year." While Vanity Fair has put out this list since 2002, it's been around since 1940, when it was created by fashion pioneer Eleanor Lambert, who also created the CFDA. We know these things about this list because a little birdie who is close with a member of the "international committee of fashion authorities" slipped us the polling documents. And we scanned them in for your viewing pleasure, of course. What you'll see are the instructions and suggestions for consideration for Vanity Fair's 2010 international best dressed list. Here are our observations: - Of the final 20 best dressed men and women who made the cut (see the final list here), six were write-ins, not "suggested for consideration." They are: Samantha Cameron (First Lady, U.K.), Nora Ephron (writer, director), Carey Mulligan (actress), Alec Baldwin (actor), Javier Barden (actor), Jay Penske (chairman and C.E.O., Mail.com Media Corp. -People we think are really well dressed who didn't make the cut? Alexa Chung, Lou Doillon, and Tilda Swinton jump out. And then of course there are the folks who are nominated who don't seem to fit the bill. But we won't go there. What are your observations?
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Since 2002 Vanity Fair has put out an annual "International Best Dressed List" which honors 10 men and 10 women for their superior sartorial choices. The list also inducts hall of famers, cites first ladies, couples, professional and siblings who have dressed to impress that year. The list is created by "an international committee of fashion authorities," and "has as its purpose the maintenance of a continuous historical record of fashion as embodied, defined, and interpreted by influential and prominent personalities each year." While Vanity Fair has put out this list since 2002, it's been around since 1940, when it was created by fashion pioneer Eleanor Lambert, who also created the CFDA. We know these things about this list because a little birdie who is close with a member of the "international committee of fashion authorities" slipped us the polling documents. And we scanned them in for your viewing pleasure, of course. What you'll see are the instructions and suggestions for consideration for Vanity Fair's 2010 international best dressed list. Here are our observations: - Of the final 20 best dressed men and women who made the cut (see the final list here), six were write-ins, not "suggested for consideration." They are: Samantha Cameron (First Lady, U.K.), Nora Ephron (writer, director), Carey Mulligan (actress), Alec Baldwin (actor), Javier Barden (actor), Jay Penske (chairman and C.E.O., Mail.com Media Corp. -People we think are really well dressed who didn't make the cut? Alexa Chung, Lou Doillon, and Tilda Swinton jump out. And then of course there are the folks who are nominated who don't seem to fit the bill. But we won't go there. What are your observations?
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Since 2002 Vanity Fair has put out an annual "International Best Dressed List" which honors 10 men and 10 women for their superior sartorial choices. The list also inducts hall of famers, cites first ladies, couples, professional and siblings who have dressed to impress that year.

The list is created by "an international committee of fashion authorities," and "has as its purpose the maintenance of a continuous historical record of fashion as embodied, defined, and interpreted by influential and prominent personalities each year." While Vanity Fair has put out this list since 2002, it's been around since 1940, when it was created by fashion pioneer Eleanor Lambert, who also created the CFDA. We know these things about this list because a little birdie who is close with a member of the "international committee of fashion authorities" slipped us the polling documents. And we scanned them in for your viewing pleasure, of course.

What you'll see are the instructions and suggestions for consideration for Vanity Fair's 2010 international best dressed list.

Here are our observations: - Of the final 20 best dressed men and women who made the cut (see the final list here), six were write-ins, not "suggested for consideration." They are: Samantha Cameron (First Lady, U.K.), Nora Ephron (writer, director), Carey Mulligan (actress), Alec Baldwin (actor), Javier Barden (actor), Jay Penske (chairman and C.E.O., Mail.com Media Corp. -People we think are really well dressed who didn't make the cut? Alexa Chung, Lou Doillon, and Tilda Swinton jump out. And then of course there are the folks who are nominated who don't seem to fit the bill. But we won't go there.

What are your observations?