ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

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In this, our first is­sue of 2017, we be­gin our year’s cel­e­bra­tions of Bazaar’s 150th an­niver­sary by look­ing back into the past, to the re­mark­able women who cre­ated and shaped the mag­a­zine. Ever since its de­but is­sue in 1867, Bazaar has been led by a se­ries of women with a mis­sion to place fash­ion in a wider cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal con­text; in­deed, its first ed­i­tor, Mary Louise Booth, was a dis­tin­guished au­thor who was also an ac­tive cam­paigner against slav­ery, and a pow­er­ful ad­vo­cate of fe­male in­de­pen­dence (in­clud­ing the right to vote).

Mary Booth’s ded­i­ca­tion to women’s suf­frage was matched by her com­mit­ment to lit­er­ary ex­cel­lence, and sub­se­quent edi­tors fol­lowed in this fine tra­di­tion, as well as en­sur­ing that the mag­a­zine show­cased the world’s lead­ing artists. From the start, Bazaar was de­fined by its choice to cham­pion who and what it be­lieved in; this was never a mag­a­zine that sneered at oth­ers, pre­fer­ring to of­fer in­spi­ra­tion and en­cour­age­ment in­stead.

This sense of warm friend­ship and soror­ity con­tin­ues to be at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do at Bazaar to­day; by un­der­stand­ing our past, we hope to shine a light into the fu­ture. Hence our choice to cel­e­brate the women we ad­mire – such as this month’s cover star, Claire Danes – and our pledge to give a plat­form to di­ver­sity (as is ap­par­ent in our choice of fash­ion mod­els, pho­tog­ra­phers, writ­ers and artists). I feel so lucky to be the ed­i­tor of Bazaar at this mo­ment in time – and to work with such an ex­traor­di­nar­ily tal­ented team – but I also feel a sense of be­ing sup­ported by the stead­fast women who came be­fore us. It is they who sug­gest the way for­ward and their spirit that still lives on…

Left: Claire Danes wears Prada. Be­low left: Audrey Hep­burn pho­tographed by Richard Ave­don for the April 1956 is­sue

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