We’ve all heard of Anna Wintour, but what other fashion-editors can you name off the top of your head?
As a stylist, it always helps to have a working knowledge of the gatekeepers of the industry: the Editors. Editors can make or break collections, flip the script on a trend or shift the perspective on certain designers or photographers. Here’s a sampling of a few to know of past and present.
5. Carmel Snow: Harper’s Bazaar, 1932-1958
Known for: She was the first fashion editor to make space in her magazine for things other than fashion (decor, art, lifestyle, etc.)
Why Stylists should remember her: She set the stage for modern fashion magazines to be more than just ‘about clothes’ and she hired Diana Vreeland who became her predecessor.
Quote: “Elegance is good taste with a hint of daring.”
4. Carine Roitfeld: Vogue Paris, 2000-2011 / Harper’s Bazaar, 2012-Present
Known for: At Vogue Paris, she made shockingly bold choices– one being featuring a black, bearded drag star on the cover in 2007.
Why Stylists should remember her: She began her career as a stylist working with the then-unknown Mario Testino to make Gucci into the vivacious brand it is today (under the creative direction of none other than Tom Ford.)
Quote: “I think something needs to be weird in order to have real beauty.”
Known for: Elaine Welteroth is best known for her very short
tenure at Teen Vogue where she completely changed the direction of the magazine to tackle current events, politics, and pop culture in a deeper way.
Why Stylists should remember her: Welteroth pushed the envelope on all fronts at Conde Nast, serving as the youngest editor-in-chief ever hired as well as the second black woman to ever hold the title across all of the companies titles.
Quote: “There were times I was underestimated a lot. It gave me a unique benefit. The expectations were so low I could blow their head off.”
2. Glenda Bailey: Marie Claire UK 1988-95, Marie Claire US 1996-2001, Harper’s Bazaar 2001-Present
Known for: Under her editorship, Harper’s Bazaar increased its circulation by 80 percent.
Why Stylists should remember her: She is the mastermind behind some of Harper’s Bazzar’s boldest choices of the past 3 decades including the Rihanna cover where she was in a shark’s mouth and Demi Moore posing with a giraffe.
Quote: “Knowing when you’re not good at something and knowing when you are good at something is an art-form.”
Known for: If you have any aspirations of working in fashion and haven’t heard of Anna Wintour… we don’t even know what to say to you! She inspired an iconic character played by Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada) so you know she’s the real deal.
Why Stylists should remember her: The steely-faced, bobbed presence on the front rows of fashion weeks for literally decades, Anna Wintour is the queen bee of fashion editors and is known by all. If you’re new to the world of fashion, starting your research here will be valuable!
Quote: “Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”
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