Harper’s Bazaar has celebrated a lot of firsts: it was the first fashion magazine in the United States, one of the first to publish the works of Andy Warhol, and the first to debut the collections of leading fashion houses. In 152 years, the publication has evolved with the times, chronicling the best in art, photography, celebrity, and, of course, style. It has reached milestone after milestone across all its international editions under stewardships of the most prolific editors – including Carmel Snow, Liz Tilberis, Justine Picardie and Glenda Bailey – all of whom brought their own distinct visions to the title.
The history of the American iteration of the magazine will be on view in Paris this month at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where, in a characteristic first, a standalone exhibition has been devoted to a magazine. Appropriately titled Harper’s Bazaar: First in Fashion, the show, which is curated by designer Adrien Gardère, documents all the visual splendour and editorial excellence that have filled the pages of Bazaar US over the decades, making it a beacon for the fashion industry and beyond.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey hosted an elegant soirée, bringing together many of the subjects and collaborators—from design namesakes including Alexa Chung and Christian Louboutin to Hollywood’s A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Brosnahan—who have made Harper’s Bazaar the first of its kind.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.