This is undoubtedly the most well-known fashion magazine in the world, topping all lists. Vogue debuted in 1892 as a weekly newspaper that evolved into a fashion magazine. In 1909, it was purchased by Conde Nast Publishers, whose primary focus was on women. It grew in size (despite being unisexual), covering a variety of topics for women. Anna Wintour taking over in 1988 was a watershed moment for Vogue. It continues to rule the fashion world and its trends, with 11 million subscribers spread over 23 countries.
Elle is a French fashion magazine founded in 1945 with a sole focus on women’s fashion. In French, it means she’s or ‘her’. After a few years of publication, it began an advertising tagline that translated into ‘If she reads, she reads Elle,’ which gathered traction and gradually transformed it into the behemoth it is today. Elle, which began in the United States, is currently published in 44 countries, with a focus on fashion and all things interesting for women.
The magazine Harper’s Bazaar
Harper’s Bazaar, founded in 1862, was America’s first fashion magazine, targeting the upper middle class with polished, informative, and thought-provoking content. The publication provides intriguing information ranging from the latest trends and catwalk shows to fashion updates in both casual and couture. It moved from weekly to monthly publication and is currently expanding into blogs and other digital media. The fashion magazine is published in 32 countries and is headquartered in New York.
Cosmopolitan, also known as ‘Cosmo,’ maintains true to its name by producing information geared toward women everywhere. Cosmo is a worldwide fashion magazine, with 64 international editions published in 35 countries and 110 languages. It began in 1886 as a family journal and gradually evolved into a fashion magazine by the 1960s. Helen Gurley took over the magazine in 1965 and published breakthrough articles about fashion, sex, relationships, feminism, and everything else that was considered taboo at the time. ‘Fun Fearless Feminism’ was chosen as the magazine’s theme. The brand spread like wildfire and began flying off the shelves like no other – and it still does.
BoF stands for Business Of Fashion.
Imran Amed founded Business of Fashion in 2007 as a coming-of-age fashion magazine. It is the new kid on the block that has quickly gained significant subscription and commitment from students, editors, and stylists to everyone else who truly believes in fashion. BoF focuses on authoritative content and has earned the moniker “The Economist of Fashion.” If you are a fashion enthusiast looking for the inside scoop on what goes into creating actual fashion trends, setting patterns, and impacting the economy, BoF is the publication for you!
W is an American fashion magazine started in 1972 that is noted for its authentic and thought-provoking coverage of culture, fashion, celebrity news, lifestyle, and other topics. It is yet another behemoth acquired by Conde Nast publishers in 2000 and led by Stefano Tonchi. It is well-known for publishing information that most fashion magazines avoid. This is why it grew in popularity, but also why it was criticized for provocative editorials and features.
InStyle is a must-read fashion magazine for anybody interested in lifestyle and fashion, not just women. It is one of the rare editorials that is equally well-known in print as online. Ariel Foxman was the head of content at InStyle for 25 years until Laura Brown took over a couple of years ago. InStyle is available in 16 countries and is distributed globally. InStyle is the place to go for celebrity styling ideas, hair makeovers, lifestyle counseling, and fashion assistance.
Allure is an American fashion magazine and brand that focuses on women’s beauty, health, and wellness. Anyone who regularly visits the newsstands will be familiar with this editorial. Allure, founded by Linda Wells in 1991, had a revamp over the next few years in terms of cultural content and important (yet straightforward) features like sizing, etc. Allure has gained the trust of its consumers since its start, with an average online viewership of 8 million and over 5 million subscribers.
Elisabeth Dijan started Numéro in 1998 to create material and raise standards to meet the demands of smart, intellectual, and intelligent women. With a wide range of topics including fashion, lifestyle, design, music, and art, it has remained one of the most prominent fashion magazines since its beginnings.
Cecilia Dean launched V
V in 1998 as a limited edition fashion magazine that published lifestyle and fashion content every quarter. It has four seasonal releases that mostly cover changing cultural, musical, and fashion trends. Stephen Gan was regarded as a Creative Visionary Head for the fashion magazine, which invites artists and fashionistas to express themselves freely and highlights distinctive voices through pioneering columns and photos that would otherwise go unnoticed.