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Blasberg in December 2012
|Born||Derek Charles Blasberg
April 22, 1982
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Occupation||fashion editor, fashion writer, author|
|Notable works||Very Classy: Even More Exception Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady|
Derek Charles Blasberg (born April 22, 1982) is an American writer, editor and New York Times bestselling author. He is currently Vanity Fair's Our Man on the Street and a senior staffer of the Gagosian Gallery.
Early life and education
Blasberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Carol and William Blasberg, and has a brother named Christopher. After graduating as salutatorian of Affton High School’s class of 2000, he moved to New York City to attend New York University. He graduated with honors and two degrees, Dramatic Literature and Journalism, in 2004. His first job was as an assistant at Vogue.
In addition to Vanity Fair, Blasberg is the Editor at Large of Vmagazine and VMAN, as well as the founding U.S. Editor of the London-based arts publication Garage Magazine where he developed a popular column called 'Emails from the Edge.' Before joining Vanity Fair, Blasberg was the Editor at Large of Harper’s Bazaar, where he profiled the likes of Lady Gaga, Tom Ford, Gwen Stefani and Daphne Guinness. In his career, Blasberg has contributed articles to the international editions of Vogue, W, Women's Wear Daily, WSJ., the New York Times, Teen Vogue, the London Sunday Times, Elle, 10, and Another Magazine. From 2006 to 2010, Blasberg was the Editor at Large of Style.com, where he wrote a column called The Blasblog. From 2009 to 2012, he kept a column called Fast + Louche in Interview magazine.
Blasberg joined the Gagosian Gallery in 2014. The gallery was founded by renowned art dealer Larry Gagosian in 1979 and remains the most prestigious gallery of its kind with 14 locations around the world. One of Blasberg's roles at the gallery is contributing texts to its publications, including the 'In Conversation' series.
In April 2010, Blasberg’s first book, Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, a collection of humorous essays about etiquette, was released by Penguin Books. The book was on the New York Times best sellers list for several weeks, has since been translated into several languages and published in countries in Asia, South America, and Europe. In October 2011, Blasberg released Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, which is an expanded and updated version of the original bestseller.
Blasberg is the author of 2015's "Harper's Bazaar: MODELS," which is a survey of the most important models and iconic images in fashion history. In 2008, Blasberg edited Influence, a fashion and art tome conceived by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. He has contributed texts and written forewords to several other books and literary projects in the fashion and art spheres. He served as coauthor to several of the New York City editions of the Louis Vuitton Travel Guides.
As a fashion editor, Blasberg has collaborated with some of the industry’s most iconic image-makers, including Karl Lagerfeld, David Bailey, Terry Richardson and Marilyn Minter. Blasberg has also served as a consultant on creative projects for a long list of fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, H+M, Fendi and Tiffany’s.
Blasberg is the host of several of Vanity Fair's web series, including Conversations In The Backseat, where he has interviewed Reese Witherspoon, Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Maria Sharapova and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In 2015, he was the cohost on 'Fashionably Late' with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe on Lifetime. In 2011, Blasberg was featured alongside friend Alexa Chung on the competitive reality TV show 24-Hour Catwalk. He has appeared as a fashion expert on The Today Show and the Nate Berkus Show.
Blasberg currently lives in New York City with a dachshund called Monster.
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