Bri­tish Condé Nast Vet­eran Anna Har­vey, 74

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Har­vey launched nu­mer­ous Vogue ti­tles and styled Princess Diana.

LON­DON — Anna Har­vey, the for­mer deputy ed­i­tor of Bri­tish Vogue who helped to style Princess Diana, has died at age 74 after a long ill­ness. She is sur­vived by her hus­band and their four chil­dren.

Har­vey was most re­cently ed­i­to­rial direc­tor of Condé Nast new mar­kets, hav­ing started her ca­reer at Condé Nast’s Brides mag­a­zine in the Seven­ties. She moved to Vogue in 1977 where she served as fash­ion ed­i­tor un­til 1990.

She briefly held the ti­tle of as­so­ciate fash­ion ed­i­tor be­fore be­ing pro­moted to ed­i­to­rial direc­tor of Condé Nast new mar­kets, where she launched nu­mer­ous Vogue ti­tles in China, Rus­sia and In­dia.

“She had a deep love of Vogue and was a won­der­ful ed­i­tor,” said Stephen Quinn, for­mer pub­lish­ing direc­tor of Bri­tish Vogue. “It was a clever idea to make her ed­i­to­rial direc­tor of the Vogue edi­tions in Rus­sia, China and In­dia, amongst oth­ers, where she guided a new gen­er­a­tion of ed­i­tors and in­tro­duced them to her unique in­tegrity and cool judg­ment. I ad­mired and liked her very much.”

Jonathan Ne­w­house, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Condé Nast In­ter­na­tional, said in a state­ment that Har­vey “pos­sessed im­pec­ca­ble taste and an un­equalled abil­ity to an­i­mate fash­ion in the pages of our mag­a­zines.”

Dur­ing her ten­ure at Vogue, Har­vey was in­stru­men­tal in thrust­ing Princess Diana into the fash­ion spot­light when she was se­lected to be the late princess’ ad­viser to build her royal wardrobe in 1981.

Har­vey worked closely with Princess Diana and helped the new royal create many style-defin­ing mo­ments in her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life. She in­tro­duced Diana to fash­ion de­sign­ers such as Bruce Old­field and Cather­ine Walker. The for­mer was re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing many of Diana’s stand­out evening gowns, such as the sparkly white Elvis dress that the royal wore to the Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards in 1989 and her black off-the-shoul­der “re­venge dress” she wore to the Ser­pen­tine Gallery’s sum­mer party in 1994 after news broke of Prince Charles and Camilla’s af­fair.

“Anna Har­vey was a lady, quiet, with a strong English sen­si­bil­ity. She was gra­cious and well-man­nered, with an un­der­stand­ing of the past and a pre­scient eye for the fu­ture,” said Old­field. “She will be long re­mem­bered and missed by many in our in­dus­try, fash­ion in­sid­ers and out­siders, alike.”

Hair­dresser Sam McKnight paid trib­ute to Har­vey on his In­sta­gram, re­mem­ber­ing the first time the two had met. “Anna took me, a young hair­dresser, un­known, just start­ing out in 1980, on a trip to Paris for Bri­tish Vogue where she was fash­ion ed­i­tor. It was the best train­ing I could have wished for, she was a for­mi­da­ble lady, to­tally ded­i­cated to her craft, her col­leagues, to Vogue and Condé Nast, to whom she gave her all for many years.”

“You were a true Lady, dear Anna, an enor­mous tal­ent, a ded­i­cated men­tor, and so much more than I could ever de­scribe in a few lines on In­sta­gram. You were one of a kind, much re­spected and loved. You’ll be sorely missed, but never for­got­ten,” McKnight’s cap­tion read, ac­com­pa­nied by a black and white por­trait of Princess Diana.

Fash­ion de­signer Anya Hind­march posted a pho­to­graph of Har­vey on her per­sonal In­sta­gram ac­count. “Heart­bro­ken to hear that we have lost Anna Har­vey. A won­der­ful ex­am­ple of real stand- out kind­ness in the fash­ion in­dus­try. I will re­mem­ber you with deep af­fec­tion and gen­uine ad­mi­ra­tion.”

Anna Har­vey

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