Magazines are currently going through a rough patch because the digital era is taking over the world. That’s why I found it so reassuring when I came across an article titled 150 Years of Harper’s Bazaar by writer Stephen Mooallem who has done a superb job of researching and reporting on this exciting anniversary.
Courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar -- 1877
At its inception, the name was spelled with one “a” but later “Bazar” was changed to “Bazaar” which is what we have today. The magazine was described as “a repository of fashion, pleasure and instruction.
Bazar magazine was founded by Harper & Brothers, a New York-based publishing firm that was run by four brothers: James, John, Joseph and Fletcher, the one who came up with the original idea of a publication for fashionable ladies.
Why did he come up with this? He observed that the Industrial Revolution had given rise to a new leisure class in America. He also noted that they were obsessed with all things European so Fletcher decided to offer a publication directed to the affluent female reader.
1894: The Thanksgiving-themed issue is one of the first to feature a color cover illustration
He selected a smart, 36-year-old writer and journalist as Editor-in-Chief of Bazar and together they worked on a magazine that operated as a kind of guide on how to live – and live well – in this new, modern world.
LAUNCHING THE FIRST ISSUE OF THIS LEGEND
The first issue of “Bazar” appeared on November 2, 1867. From the outset it was clear that Bazar’s definition of fashion went far beyond clothes. [Pardon the cheeky analogy, but this is what we try to do at ADEA.] For example, the magazine reported on style and how to tie a bow and pin a bun – BUT there were also insightful pieces on family, work and social issues. Writers such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James and later, Thomas Hardy, all contributed to Bazar.
GOING SLOW-AND-EASY ON THE POLITICAL SCENE
One area that Fletcher Harper explicitly identified as beyond the magazine’s purview was politics. Bazar would be a window on the world, but pleasingly so, to appeal to a cross-section of people on different sides of the modern divide.
HEIGHTENING THE DRAMA OF HAUTE COUTURE
The magazine also displayed an early appreciation for the theatre of fashion. A piece appeared in the July 29, 1871 issue on Charles Frederick Worth, the designer who founded a fashion salon named The House of Worth, and who is considered by many to be the father of haute couture.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Richard Avedon – 1956. Courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar
A scene in his atelier is described in Bazar like this, “Around him were a bevy of women: some pretty, some ugly, listening to his observations with the rapt attention of the disciples of a sage. He called them up before him like schoolgirls and after inspecting them, praised or blamed their dresses.” To Harper’s Bazar this was all fashion.
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This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
I have often found that when a person achieves incredible success – after a long struggle – the back-story is almost as fascinating as the achievement itself. That’s why I was interested in, yet another, Andy Warhol write-up that appeared in the May 2020 issue of the Smithsonian magazine.
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