Author(s): Glenda Bailey
"Harper's Bazaar" is a distinguished fashion magazine, revered for its contributions to fashion, photography, and graphic design in the twentieth century. Under the direction of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief, and Stephen Gan, creative director, in this century, the magazine has maintained its position as a cultural icon. Bailey is known for her elaborate visual productions: fashion features that use pop culture trends and the adventures of notorious public figures as the backdrop for elaborate narratives. The resulting images, shot by well-known photographers and featuring supermodels and super-celebrities, are both entertaining and beautiful. Their ultimate purpose is to bring the best and most inventive fashion to the widest possible audience. "Harper's Bazaar: 2001-2010" is a collection of more than 300 fashion photographs that chronicle the best high fashion of the twenty-first century. It features: Naomi Campbell races a cheetah in Africa in a photograph by Jean-Paul Goude; Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Donatella Versace, and John Galliano choreograph fantasies about their own fashions; Agyness Deyn pays tribute to Michael Jackson, shot by Terry Richardson; Lagerfeld does Courtney Love doing penance for wearing fake Chanel; Tim Burton, David Lynch, and The Simpsons do high fashion; and, Sarah Jessica Parker models Diana Vreeland for Peter Lindburgh. A celebration of fashion, a romp through a riotous and eventful decade, and a banquet of contemporary imagery, "Harper's Bazaar: 2001-2011" is also a glamorous object in itself.
Glenda Bailey has been the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar since 2001. By infusing Bazaar's great tradition of high fashion and innovative art direction with her own irreverent contemporary sensibility, she became a leader in the worldwide fashion establishment. She has won numerous awards over a long career as a magazine editor. She was awarded an OBE in 2008. Stephen Gan is the creative director of Harper's Bazaar and a founder and creative director of the cutting-edge fashion magazine Visionaire. He has also been a fashion editor and photographer, and he has directed advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein and Dior Homme.