In Conversation With Glenda Bailey
The editor of US Harper’s Bazaar, Glenda Bailey, was born and raised in Derbyshire, England. Despite sitting at the helm of two prestigious American titles since 1996, her northern inflections haven’t dulled one bit and neither has her passion for journalism or fashion. Over the 15 years she has been at the helm of Bazaar, Bailey’s vision has combined haute couture with innovative art direction, garnering a clutch of awards, as well as an OBE and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Wardrobe Icons was honoured that she took the time to sit down and talk to us about what still excites and infuriates her about fashion.
Glenda Bailey is a formidable force in the industry – her natural warmth, northern honesty and quirky awareness of the absurdities of the fashion world make her an editor to be reckoned with. Bailey’s empire is ruled by aspiration rather than fear; this is an editor who embraces talent and nurtures it, championing new designers and continually pushing boundaries. Her drive to succeed manifests itself in outlandish cover stories – who can forget Rhianna resplendent in a gold Chanel swimsuit, reclining in a shark’s mouth? – while embracing social media with open arms. With Harper’s Bazaar celebrating its 150th anniversary next year, who knows what this magazine maestro will conjure up next.