Lizzette Kattan

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Lizzette Kattan
Born (1951-12-18) December 18, 1951 (age 63)
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Ethnicity Honduran
Notable credit(s) Fashion Director, Italian Cosmopolitan; Fashion Director, Harper’s Bazaar Uomo; Fashion Director, Harper’s Bazaar Italia; Editor-in-Chief , Harper’s Bazaar France

Lizzette Kattan, is a Honduran-born fashion editor that worked between Milan and New York from 1976 until 1986 for Harper's Bazaar Italy, Harper's Bazaar France, Uomo Harper's Bazaar and Italian Cosmopolitan.[1] She collaborated with virtually every major photographer of that period and discovered many of today's most recognizable photographic talent. Once retired from the fashion world Lizzette started her diplomatic career as the Commercial Attache of the Honduran Embassy in Rome, in 1990, and eventually becoming the Consulate General of Milan in 2002 until 2007. She currently works as a freelance Stylist for international publications.

Lizzette is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Early life[edit]

Lizzette was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Her family relocated to New York City while in her teens. Her passion throughout her childhood was not fashion but oddly enough archeology. And thus she pursued a degree in Anthropology at Hunter College. Eileen Ford discovered Lizzette on the streets of New York and proposed to her to become a model. The decision to start a modeling career was met with some hesitation, as Lizzette never considered working in the fashion industry.

Career[edit]

Fashion career[edit]

Lizzette signed with Ford Models and started working in New York City. She traveled throughout Europe and worked for the likes of GQ, ELLE France, Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar Italia.

Her interest of being in front of camera waned during her short modeling career and she gradually pursued a job at Edizioni Syds, which owned Harper’s Bazaar Italia. She began her career organizing photo shoots for Italian Cosmopolitan. Her big break came in 1976 when she took over as the Fashion Director of Italian Cosmopolitan,[1] a position she held until 1986.

Her powerful creative work gained momentum and she took over as the Fashion Director of Harper’s Bazaar Italia[1] in 1978. Her greatest accomplishment was launching Men’s Harper’s Bazaar in 1979. The magazine was later renamed Harper’s Bazaar Uomo. She fostered many close ties with the greatest talents of that period such as Valentino, Gianni Versace, Ottavio Missoni and Calvin Klein.[2]

She aggressively pursued some of the best photographic talent in the industry collaborating on projects with Chris von Wangenheim, Albert Watson, Arthur Elgort and Patrick Demarchelier. Her most notable assets was discovering young photographers and allowing them to develop their talent. This opportunity gave way to some of the most recognizable names of today such as Herb Ritts and Steven Meisel.[1] Meisel, an illustrator working at Women's Wear Daily, would later become synonymous with Italian – and American Vogue. During the same time she met and launched Gia Carangi's career[3] booking her for back to back shoots for Harper's Bazaar Italia with photographer Chris von Wangenheim.

In 1983 Harper’s Bazaar France opened its doors in Paris with Lizzette as the Editor-in-chief, a position she held until December 1985.

Lizzette retired from her positions at Harper’s Bazaar in 1986 to raise her two sons.

Diplomatic career[edit]

In 1990 Lizzette became the commercial attaché of the Honduran Embassy in Rome. She was responsible for various publications attracting foreign investment from Italy. In 2002 Lizzette became the Consul general of Honduras in Milan,[4] which serviced the region of Lombardy and Venice.[5] This post was held until 2007.

In effort to promote the country of Honduras Lizzette created a quarterly publication called “Honduran Highlights”[6][7] which highlighted culture, tourism and investment opportunities. The publication existed from 1990 to 2007.

Lizzette created the concept and help organize two museum exhibits in Europe. “Les Mayas au pays de Copan” was held at the Abbaye de Daoulas from the 5th of April and 7 September 1997.[8] “I Maya di Copan – L’atene del Centro America” was exhibited at the Palazzo Reale in Milan from the 3rd of October 1997 to the 1st of March 1998.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gross, Michael (1995). Model. William Morrow and Company, INC. p. 376. ISBN 0-688-12659-6. 
  2. ^ Klein, Calvin. "Calvin to the Core". Feature on Calvin Klein. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Fried, Stephen (1993). Thing of beauty : the tragedy of supermodel Gia. New York, NY: Pocket Books. p. 112. ISBN 0-671-70104-5. 
  4. ^ "List of Consulate Generals and Honorary Diplomats in Italy". List of Consulate Generals and Honorary Diplomats of Honduras in Italy. Minister of Foreign Affairs Italy. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "List of Honorary and Career Diplomats in Italy". List of Honorary and Career Diplomats in Italy. Municipality of Pisa. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Honduran Highlights". Honduran Highlights. Consulate General of Honduras in Milan. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Honduran Highlights". Honduran Highlights. Consulate General of Honduras in Milan. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Les Mayas Au Pays De Copàn. Abbaye De Daoulas: SKIRA. 1997. pp. Acknowledgements. 
  9. ^ Orefici, Giuseppe (1997). I Maya di Copán : l'Atene del Centroamerica ; Milano, Palazzo Reale, 3 ottobre 1997 - 1. marzo 1998. Milano: Skira. ISBN 88-8118-238-6. 

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