Vótáil 100 - On the centenary of women in Ireland being granted the parliamentary vote, we celebrate the achievements and legacies of some of the pioneering women of the time.
Carmel Snow (1887–1961)
Editor of American Harper’s Bazaar
Before Anna Wintour or Diana Vreeland, the fashion industry bowed to the opinion of an Irish woman. Carmel Snow (née White) born in Dalkey, County Dublin, was fashion͛s most powerful voice from the 1930s to the 1950s.
As a child, shortly after her father͛s death, she moved to New York with her mother who established
herself as a prominent dressmaker to wealthy socialites. Carmel worked in her mother͛s custom dressmaking shop before joining Vogue Magazine, where she rose to the rank of fashion editor.
From there she moved on to Harper’s Bazaar where she quickly became editor-in-chief. She transformed an ailing publication into the most admired and forward-thinking magazine of the century. Harper’s Bazaar became a reflection of Carmel and her vision of creating a magazine for ͚a well-dressed woman with a well-dressed mind.͛ Together with art director Alexey Brodovitch she re-invented magazine design by creating stronger
interaction between text and pictures, and employing an artful use of white space and images that jumped out at the reader.
She was responsible for coining the phrase ͚the New Look͛ when she witnessed Christian Dior͛s iconic collection in 1947. ͚It͛s quite a revolution, dear Christian,͛ she said. ͚Your dresses have such a new look͛. With one throwaway sentence of gracious praise, Carmel Snow created a tagline for the most famous fashion collection of all time.
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