THE EXHIBITION -THE WOMEN OF HARPER’S BAZAAR, 1936-1958
CELEBRATING THE FEMALE POWER OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is hosting The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936-1958 exhibition dedicated to the dynamic teamwork between the magazine’s editor-in-chief Carmel Snow, fashion editor Diana Vreeland, and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. For 22 years, this visionary trio transformed Harper’s Bazaar into the number one American fashion magazine thanks to a mix of fresh, avant-garde, playful and sophisticated content that besides fashion included political matters, family, art and even yoga. As Snow once claimed, Harper’s Bazaar was a publication for “well-dressed women with well-dressed minds.”
The exhibition runs until April 2 and comes in advance of Harper’s Bazaar’s 150th anniversary next year. The display features old magazines, personal notes, video clips and archival designer pieces that highlight the strong and daring personalities of the three women, all eager to support and push new talent.
Snow, an in-charge personality who hardly slept and ate but had a weak spot for Martinis, is credited for having brought photojournalist Martin Munkacsi to a windswept beach to shoot a swimwear feature. As the model ran toward the camera, Munkacsi snapped a shot that revolutionized fashion-magazine history, until then primarily carefully staged on mannequin-like models in a studio. The trio’s longstanding collaboration ended with Snow's retirement in 1957. She was 70 years old.