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Harper's Bazaar
Kate Winslet June-July 2014 HB Cover.jpg
Cover of the June/July 2014 issue featuring Kate Winslet
  • Samira Nasr (United States)
  • Justine Picardie (United Kingdom)
  • Olivia Phillips (Arabia)[1]
  • Ana Torrejon (Argentina)
  • Kellie Hush (Australia)
  • Maria Prata (Brazil)
  • Milena Aleksieva (Bulgaria)
  • Andrée Burgat (Chile)
  • Su Mang (China)
  • Nora Grundová (Czech Republic)
  • Kerstin Schneider (Germany)
  • Eva Nisioti (Greece)
  • Xaven Mak (Hong Kong)
  • Nonita Kalra (India)
  • Ria Lirungan (Indonesia)
  • Kaori Tsukamoto (Japan)
  • Karina Utegenova (Kazakhstan)
  • Mikyung Jeon (Korea)
  • Natasha Kraal (Malaysia)
  • Adma Kawage (Mexico)
  • Miluska van 't Lam (Netherlands)[2]
  • Andrei Iovu (Romania)
  • Daria Veledeeva (Russia)
  • Petar Janošević (Serbia)
  • Kenneth Goh (Singapore)
  • Melania Pan (Spain)
  • Elaine Liao (Taiwan)
  • Duang Poshyananda (Thailand)
  • Eda Goklu (Turkey)
  • Anna Zemskova (Ukraine)
  • Pham Ngoc Luu Uyen (Vietnam)
Publisher1867–1913, Harper & Brothers
Total circulation
(June 2012)
Year foundedNovember 2, 1867; 152 years ago (1867-11-02), New York City
First issueNovember 2, 1867; 152 years ago (1867-11-02), New York City
CompanyHearst Magazines
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Harper's Bazaar is an American monthly women's fashion magazine, first published based in New York City on November 2, 1867, as the weekly Harper's Bazar.[4] Harper's Bazaar is published by New York City-based Hearst and considers itself to be the style resource for "women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture".[5] Aimed at what it calls "discerning ladies", Bazaar is published monthly with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its World and American's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Since its debut in New York City on November 2, 1867, as America's first fashion magazine, its pages have been home to talent such as the founding editor, author and translator Mary Louise Booth, as well as numerous fashion editors, photographers, illustrators and writers. Samira Nasr is the editor-in-chief of U.S. edition of Harper's Bazaar.[6]


Harper & Brothers founded the magazine based in New York City on November 2, 1867.[7] This company also gave birth to Harper's Magazine and HarperCollins Publishing.[citation needed]

Front cover illustrating hairstyles, Vol. I, No. 49 (October 3, 1868) – as Harper's Bazar: A Repository of Fashion, Pleasure, and Instruction

Harper's Bazar began publication as a tabloid-size weekly newspaper catering to women in the middle and upper classes. It showcased fashion from Germany and Paris in a newspaper-design format. It was not until 1901 Harper's moved to a monthly issued magazine which it maintains today. Now Harper's Bazaar is owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation in the U.S. and The National Magazine Company in the U.K. Hearst purchased the magazine in 1913.[citation needed]

The name change to Harper's Bazaar was filed on December 30, 1930.[4]

Victorian elegance (1898–1912)[edit]

As the turn-of-the-century began in America, Harper's Bazaar began featuring both illustrations and photographs for its covers and inside features of high society and increasingly of fashion.[citation needed]

During the late Victorian period, as the women's suffrage movement was gaining momentum (American women did not all win the right to vote until 1920 with the passing of the 19th Amendment), the introduction of more tailored dresses and jackets coincided with women's new sense of feminism. Bazaar also began profiling prominent socialites, such as the Astors and the Griscoms.

The Carmel Snow years (1933–1957)[edit]

In 1933, editor-in-chief Carmel Snow (a former editor at Vogue) brought photojournalist Martin Munkacsi to a windswept beach to shoot a swimwear spread. As the model ran toward the camera, Munkacsi took the picture that made fashion-magazine history. Until that moment, nearly all fashion was carefully staged on mannequin-like models in a studio. Snow's buoyant spirit (she rarely slept or ate, although she had a lifelong love affair with the three-martini lunch) and wicked sense of adventure brought life to the pages of Bazaar. Snow's genius came from cultivating the "best" people. Her first big find was art director Alexey Brodovitch, who innovated Bazaar's iconic Didot logo. Brodovitch is perhaps best known for his work with Richard Avedon, who, as a young photographer, was so determined to work at Bazaar that he endured the humiliation of 14 canceled interviews before finally being hired. Snow also unleashed the force of nature known as Diana Vreeland, whom she brought on as fashion editor in 1936. The collaboration of these four visionaries resulted in some of the germane fashion shoots of the 20th century and ended only with Snow's retirement, at the age of 70, in 1957.[8]

Alexey Brodovitch (1934–1958)[edit]

In 1934, newly installed Bazaar editor Carmel Snow attended an Art Directors Club of New York exhibition curated by 36-year-old graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch and immediately offered Brodovitch a job as Bazaar 's art director. Throughout his career at the magazine, Brodovitch, a Russian émigré (by way of Paris), revolutionized magazine design. With his directive "Astonish me", he inspired some of the greatest visual artists of the 20th century (including protégés Irving Penn, Hiro, Gleb Derujinsky, and, of course, Richard Avedon). One of his assistants was future Rolling Stone art director Tony Lane. Brodovitch's signature use of white space, his innovation of Bazaar 's iconic Didot logo, and the cinematic quality that his obsessive cropping brought to layouts (not even the work of Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson was safe from his busy scissors) compelled Truman Capote to write, "What Dom Pérignon was to champagne ... so [Brodovitch] has been to ... photographic design and editorial layout." Brodovitch's personal life was less triumphant. Plagued by alcoholism, he left Bazaar in 1958 and eventually moved to the south of France, where he died in 1971.

The Vreeland years (1936–1962)[edit]

Toni Frissell, Woman in tennis outfit, published in Harper's Bazaar, February 1947

When Carmel Snow saw Mrs. T. Reed Vreeland dancing on the roof of New York's St. Regis Hotel in a white lace Chanel dress and a bolero with roses in her hair one evening in 1936, she knew she'd found Bazaar's newest staffer. Diana, who is said to have invented the word "pizzazz", first came to the attention of readers with her "Why Don't You ... ?" column. (A typical suggestion: "Why don't you ... wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?") Before long, she became fashion editor, collaborating with photographers Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Richard Avedon and, later, art director Henry Wolf. Her eccentricity, perception and wit, as well as her sharp wit and sweeping pronouncements ("I adore that pink! It's the navy blue of India," "Elegance is refusal!"), were memorialized in the movie Funny Face, making her, for many, the prototypical fashion-magazine editor.

The Avedon years (1945–1965)[edit]

Richard Avedon began creating fashion portfolios for Harper's Bazaar at the age of 22. His distinctive photographs showed both chic insouciance and boundless vitality. Avedon's women leapt off curbs, roller-skated on the Place de la Concorde, and were seen in nightclubs, enjoying the freedom and fashions of the postwar era.[citation needed]

He was immortalized in the film Funny Face by the character Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire), who asked, "What's wrong with bringing out a girl who has character, spirit, and intelligence?"

The Derujinsky years (1950–1968)[edit]

Gleb Derujinsky's 18-year career at Harper's bazaar spanned from 1950 to 1968 and during that time produced some of the classic images of the era. Scouted by editor-in-chief Carmel Snow and art director Alexey Brodovitch, Derujinsky joined the elite group of photographers, including Richard Avedon, who shot for the magazine. Working closely with the then fashion editor Diana Vreeland, Derujinsky proved a pioneer in his field, creating stunning juxtapositions between European Haute Couture dresses and landscapes ranging from desert sands to car junkyards, fairgrounds and airports, all this at a time when air travel was yet to become as common as it is now. "Avedon shot dresses and clothes, Gleb shot women living in them".[9]

To mark the inauguration of Pan Am's Boeing 707 in 1957, Derujinsky travelled across the world with Nena von Schlebrügge, and Ruth Neumann, whom he would later marry. The latter would be his muse from the seaside harbors of China, to the Nara Deer Park in Japan, and throughout Thailand, Spain and Greece. The 1957 Paris Collections were the basis for a 25-page spread in Harper's Bazaar featuring his photographs. "Gleb Derujinsky's photographs evoke the best of Harper's Bazaar: exquisitely beautiful, original, and instantly iconic images of a very fashionable life".[10]

Nonnie Moore (1980–1984)[edit]

Nonnie Moore was hired as fashion editor in 1980, having served in the same post at Mademoiselle.[11] The New York Times noticed the changes she made at Harper's Bazaar, highlighting how the magazine had been "looking a little dowdy", but that Moore had "noticeably sharpened the magazine's fashion point of view" by showing "brighter, younger and more stylish", complimenting her use of "young and exciting fashion photographers", such as Oliviero Toscani.[12]

Harper's Bazaar worldwide[edit]

The magazine is published in 37 countries and regions.

Harper's Bazaar Australia[edit]

Harper's Bazaar Australia founded the magazine based in Sydney on March 1, 1998, with Nicole Kidman on the cover. From 2009 until 2013, the winner of Australia's Next Top Model, an annual Australian reality television series, appeared on the magazine's cover and in an editorial feature. The current editor-in-chief is Kellie Hush, whose first edited issue in Sydney in November 2012. Harper's Bazaar Australia first published based in Sydney on March 1, 1998. Since its debut in Sydney on March 1, 1998, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Australia's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

In mid-July 2012, the magazine's Australian publisher Bauer Media Australia closed down Harper's Bazaar Australia, citing declining advertising revenue and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The magazine ceased publication in July 2020.[13][14]

  • Karin Upton Baker (1998–2001)
  • Alison Veness-McGourty (2001–2008)
  • Jamie Huckbody (2008–2009)
  • Edwina McCann (2009–2012)
  • Kellie Hush (2012–present)

Harper's Bazaar India[edit]

Harper's Bazaar India founded the magazine based in Mumbai on March 1, 2009, in partnership with the India Today Group, which featured Kareena Kapoor and Swarovski crystals on the cover.[15] The launch editor was Sujata Assomull Sippy, but she left the magazine after the April 2012 issue.[16] The ex-editor, Nishat Fatima, was appointed in December 2012.[17] Recently,[when?] former editor of ELLE India, Nonita Kalra, was appointed as the editor of Harper's Bazaar India.[18] Harper's Bazaar India first published based in Mumbai on March 1, 2009. Since its debut in Mumbai on March 1, 2009, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its India's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

  • Sujata Assomull Sippy (2009–2012)
  • Nishat Fatima (2012–2016)
  • Nonita Kalra (2016–present)

Harper's Bazaar Indonesia[edit]

New York City-based Hearst Corporation collaboration with Jakarta-based MRA Printed Media's Harper's Bazaar Indonesia founded the magazine based in Jakarta on January 2, 2000, under the name PT Media Insani Abadi. Harper's Bazaar Indonesia first published based in Jakarta on January 2, 2000. Since its debut in Jakarta on January 2, 2000, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Indonesia's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar Malaysia[edit]

New York City-based Hearst Corporation's Harper's Bazaar Malaysia founded the magazine based in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2003. Harper's Bazaar Malaysia first published based in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2003. Since its debut in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2003, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Malaysia's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar UK[edit]

In November 1970, New York City-based Hearst Corporation's Harper's Bazaar UK founded the magazine based in London on 1929[19] and Queen magazine (which dated from 1862) amalgamated to form Harpers & Queen. The magazine was widely perceived to be focused on British "high society" and the lives of socialites and the British aristocracy. In March 2006, it was renamed Harper's Bazaar, bringing it in line with its international sister titles, and repositioned as a more celebrity-oriented fashion magazine. Harper's Bazaar UK has a long history of literary contributions from leading writers, including Evelyn Waugh, Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf. It maintains that connection today, with recent articles written by Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson and Margaret Atwood, and runs its own Literary Salon. The magazine has won several awards, including Consumer Magazine of the Year.[citation needed] The current editor-in-chief is Justine Picardie. Harper's Bazaar UK was first published in London in 1929 with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline: "British's No. 1 Fashion Magazine".


Harper's Bazaar Vietnam[edit]

Harper's Bazaar Vietnam founded the magazine based in Ho Chi Minh City on June 27, 2011, the Vietnamese version of Harper's Bazaar is called Phong cách Harper's Bazaar as a result of merging Harper's Bazaar and Phong cách.[20] Trương Ngọc Ánh was the first face cover.

Starting 2012, Harper's Bazaar Vietnam launched an enhanced iPad edition, an official YouTube channel and an official Fanpage on Facebook.[21] Harper's Bazaar Vietnam was also a co-sponsor the first season of Project Runway Vietnam (local title: Nhà thiết kế thời trang Việt Nam).

In 2014, Harper's Bazaar Vietnam launched its website.[22] Harper's Bazaar Vietnam first published based in Ho Chi Minh City on June 27, 2011. Since its debut in Ho Chi Minh City on June 27, 2011, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Vietnam's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar Singapore[edit]

Harper's Bazaar Singapore founded the magazine based in Singapore on November 4, 2001. Its official Facebook page was launched in 2008,[23] and an enhanced iPad edition was launched in 2012.

In 2015, Harper's Bazaar Singapore launched its website.[24] It features news about fashion, beauty, lifestyle and celebrities.[25]

Harper's Bazaar Singapore has won several awards, including a MPAS Awards 2018 for Fashion Media of the Year (Gold).[26][27] The magazine was also the media partner for the first four seasons of Asia's Next Top Model.

Kenneth Goh has been the editor-in-chief of the magazine since 2014.[28] Harper's Bazaar Singapore first published based in Singapore on November 4, 2001. Since its debut in Singapore on November 4, 2001, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its China's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar China[edit]

Harper's Bazaar China was originally distributed worldwide in the form of Best China Fashion's English version and founded the magazine based in Shanghai on November 4, 2001, the magazine officially started a collaboration with Fashion Group. In September 2002, it began a copyright cooperation with Harper's Bazaar. After three years of copyright collaboration, the magazine changed its name to Harper's Bazaar in 2005. The targeted audiences of Harper's Bazaar China are successful women over 25 that have high income, good taste, love fashion, and pursue perfection. The chief editor of Harper's Bazaar China is Su Mang.

Harper's Bazaar China has started BAZAAR Stars' Charity Night and has proposed to "let the charity become a kind of fashion." Hosted by Harper's Bazaar China, BAZAAR Stars' Charity Gala is an annual fundraising gala for Chinese celebrities who support charities. It collects money through an auction, to be used for charities that support causes for impoverished children, medical aids, disaster recovery and many others.

In an interview, the Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar China, Su Mang, said, "People usually think Fashion has nothing to do with charity. Sometimes they regard charity merely as our strategy to gain attention, but I want to say that, if behind the glamorous dresses, there is a true willingness to help others, we should also applaud for them."[29] Harper's Bazaar China first published based in Shanghai on November 4, 2001. Since its debut in Shanghai on November 4, 2001, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its China's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar Taiwan[edit]

Harper's Bazaar Taiwan founded the magazine based in New Taipei City on February 4, 1990. It was authorized by Hearst Cooperation to be published by Hwa Ker Publishing Company Limited. Its chief editor is Elaine Liao.[30] Harper's Bazaar Taiwan first published based in New Taipei City on February 4, 1990. Since its debut in New Taipei City on February 4, 1990, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Taiwan's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong[edit]

Founded the magazine based in Hong Kong on January 3, 1988, Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong was authorized by Hearst Cooperation to be published by the SCMP Group. Its chief editor is Xaven Mak.[31] Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong first published based in Hong Kong on 1988. Since its debut in Hong Kong on January 3, 1988, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Hong Kong's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar Arabia[edit]

Harper's Bazaar Arabia is the Middle East and North Africa edition of the international publication, and founded the magazine based in Dubai on March 1, 2007.[32] It is published by ITP Media Group in Dubai and has prominent audiences in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

As well as showcasing local and regional fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends, the title has secured a number of world-exclusive covers and interviews with celebrities including Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner, will.i.am, Shanina Shaik, Sophia Vergara, Nancy Ajram, Sarah Jessica Parker and Janet Jackson. The English language magazine also has a web platform,[33] and launched an Arabic-language version of the website[34] in January 2017. The brand also publishes Harper's Bazaar Art, Interiors and Junior titles and hosts an annual Harper's Bazaar Best Dressed event celebrating the most stylish women in the region.

In July 2018 Harper's Bazaar Arabia became the first magazine to have a Saudi Arabian woman on the cover when they featured Taleedah Tamer as their July/August cover girl.[35] Harper's Bazaar Arabia first published based in Dubai on March 1, 2007. Since its debut in Dubai on March 1, 2007, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Arabia's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.

Harper's Bazaar Thailand[edit]

Harper's Bazaar Thailand founded the magazine based in Bangkok on January 2, 2005. The oldest fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine in the world under the hearst international harper's bazaar and is the magazine of media expertise international (Thailand) limited. Its editor-in-chief is Duang Poshyanonda.[36] Harper's Bazaar Thailand first published based in Bangkok on January 2, 2005. Since its debut in Bangkok on January 2, 2005, with the slogan, motto, theme and tagline its Thailand's No. 1 Fashion Magazine.


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