THE WOMEN OF HARPER'S BAZAAR 1936-1958

The Women of Harper's Bazaar is an exhibition that all fashion fanatics must see! It's another extraordinary exhibition at the FIT Museum. Its rich fashion history is truly impressive and honored the upbringing of Harper's Bazaar in an efficient manner. The exhibition explores the collaborative relationship among Carmel Snow, Diana Vreeland, and Louise Dahl-Wolfe. The three well-known figures transformed Harper's Bazaar into the reputable fashion magazine we know today. From Snow's genius mind as editor in chief to Vreeland's remarkable styling to Dahl-Wolfe's eye in fashion photography, the three provided their readers with photographs that portrayed brilliant colors, eye catching composition and exquisite fashion.

"Harper's Bazaar promoted not only clothes, but ideas." 

I was inspired by the work the three women had put together. I always looked up to the likes of Anna Wintour and her prestige style, and now I know who she got it from; Carmel Snow. The editor in chief knew that the magazine needed more than just excellent fashion coverage, thus, she started publishing cultural content from notable authors and artists at the time. Vreeland was the one that invented the fashion editor position; that is a widely known role in any fashion magazine today. She styled her shoots in a way that portrayed fashion as an escape from the real world and reality itself.

"Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world."- Vreeland

Dahl-Wolfe joined Snow and Vreeland to add color to Harper's Bazaar and set a higher standard for the quality of images that were to be published.

"From the moment I saw her color photographs, I knew that the Bazaar was at last going to look the way I had instinctively wanted my magazine to look."- Snow talking about Dahl-Wolfe

Above are different garments used in photoshoots in Harper's Bazaar. My favorite is Claire McCardell's swimsuit used in May 1946. 

After visiting this exhibition, I realized how many different women have influenced the fashion industry and made it what it is today. I was so impressed and felt extremely inspired by what I saw. 

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