For the past several decades, fashion has established itself as one of the biggest industries on the planet. Globally, the whole fashion industry is worth at almost US$2 trillion, and it employs more than 75 million people worldwide. One of the best fields to understand the ongoing fashion is through the Fashion Magazines that are considered one of the prestigious tools to view the fashion world. From runway to commercials, from designers to models, from high fashion brands to fibers and textiles production – these magazines cover everything. So, today, let us take a look at 12 of the most iconic fashion magazines in the world.
List of Top Fashion Magazines in the world
Stating the list at number 12 is UK weekly fashion magazine Look. First published in 2007, its editor-in-chief is Ali Hall. It has a circulation of 187,884. The magazine is known for its high end cover of events like Cannes Film Festival, The Academy Awards, Cinemacon, apart from the major fashion weeks around the globe. Jennifer Aniston, Adele, Kate Middleton, Kristen Stewart, etc. have been cover models for Look.
At number 11 on our list of 12 of the most iconic fashion magazines in the world is American monthly fashion magazine W. With 459,628 circulations, W is one of the boldest fashion magazines out there, not running away from breaking fashion moulds and stereotypes. One of its most famous issue included a shoot by photographer Steven Meisel titled ‘Asexual Revolution’, in which men and women posed in gender-bending styles. The first issue came in 1972 and currently the editor-in-chief is Stefano Tonchi. Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Chloe Grace Moretz, etc., have graced its cover.
At number 10 is American monthly fashion magazine Seventeen, which was first published in 1944. What differentiates Seventeen from all the magazines on this list is the fact that it caters to the fashion needs of teenagers. Its editor-in-chief is Michelle Tan. Seventeen also was the official sponsor for America’s Next Top Model for 8 seasons, with all its winners. Thus, Caridee English, Jaslene Gonzalez, Saleisha Stowers, Whitney Thompson, Mckey Sullivan, Teyona Anderson, Nicole Fox an Krista White have gracing magazine cover.
At number 9 comes American monthly fashion magazine Glamour. First published in 1939, it now has 2,300,854 total circulation. Its editor-in-chief is Cynthia Leive. It has local editions in UK, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Mexico, South Africa, etc. It also holds an annual Glamour award, and for the past 56 years, has been listing out top ten college women across the country. Eva Longoria, Gwen Stefani, Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Obama, etc., have graced its cover.
Next up at number 8 is American monthly fashion magazine InStyle. First published in 1994, its total circulation currently is 1,810,539. Its editor-in-chief is Ariel Foxman. Instyle was the first major fashion magazine to use musicians and actors on its cover, instead of models. It has 17 other international editions other than the American. Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Cameroon Diaz, Taylor Swift, Kate Winslet, Kerry Washington, etc. have been its cover models.
Number 7 on our list of 12 of the most iconic fashion magazines in the world is American monthly beauty and fashion magazine Allure. First published in 1991, Allure has a total circulation of 1,165,392. Its editor-in-chief is Linda Wells. Besides fashion, Allure is also noted for dealing with health issues. It was the first fashion magazine which wrote about health risks associated with silicone breast implants. Some of the key cover models include Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, among others.
Number 6 on our list of 12 of the most iconic fashion magazines in the world is Italian weekly fashion magazine Grazia. It had its first issue released in the year 1938. Currently, its editor-in-chief is Chantelle Horton It has international editions in a number of countries including Spain, USA, Japan, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, South Korea, Slovenia, etc. With a circulation of 240,000, this is one of the most sought after magazines in the fashion arena. The magazine is still conservative in its approach. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, Shilpa Shetty, etc. have graced its cover.
Number 5 on our list of 12 of the most iconic fashion magazines in the world is French monthly fashion magazine Marie-Claire. It was first published in 1937. Its editor-in-chief is Arnaud de Contades. It also has international editions in USA, UK, India, Australia, Poland, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, among others. Elle Macpherson, Courteney Cox, Fernanda Tavares, Tom Cruise, Lupita Nyong’o, Kate Upton, etc. have been its cover models.
French weekly magazine Elle lands at number 4 on this list. Since its first issue in 1945, Elle set its high standards in the fashion industry. Its editor-in-chief is Francoise-Marie Santucci. It has 43 international editions in USA, Argentina, Finland, China, Ukraine, India, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Denmark, among many others. Globally, its reaches to 69 million readers. It is the largest selling fashion magazine in the world. Lena Dunham, Kiera Knightley, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart, etc. have grace Elle’s cover.
Next up at number 3 is American monthly fashion magazine Cosmopolitan. It was first issued in 1886 as a literary magazine, before being issued as a women magazine in 1965. With 3,032,211 total circulation, it is one of the trendiest magazines in the fashion arena, and is a significant symbol of pop culture. Its editor-in-chief is Joanna Coles. Today, the magazine comes out in 35 languages, and is available in 110 countries with 64 international editions. One of its trademark is the Fun Fearless Female & Male Award that it used to give between 1998 and 2011. Kate Upton, Lucy Hale, Beverly Johnson, Gia Carangi, Bridgette Hall, Iman, Tyra Bank, etc. have been Cosmos cover models.
2. Harper’s Bazaar
American monthly fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar comes in at number on this list. Published first in 1867, it is oldest out of this lot. Its editor-in-chief is Glenda Bailey. Today, it has 31 international editions in India, UAE, Turkey, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, among many others. It is considered to be one of the most sophisticated and posh magazines and is considered extremely prestigious home-ground for photographers, editors, models and writers who work for it. Reese Witherspoon, Gisele Bundchen, Cate Blanchett, Karolina Kurkova, Miranda Kerr, Montana Cox, etc. have graced its cover.
Finally, at number 1 on our list of 12 of the most iconic fashion magazines in the world is American monthly fashion magazine Vogue. It is THE fashion magazine to look out for. First published in 1892, it has a total circulation of 1,259,826. Its editor-in-chief is Anna Wintour (who served as the inspiration for the character of Miranda Priestly in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada). It now has 23 international editions. Worldwide, it has 12.5 million readers. It has been regarded as the most influential fashion magazine of all time. It is the ultimate zenith of fashion world. Jean Patchett, Jane Fonda, Sophia Lore, Wilhelmina Cooper, Twiggy, Grace Kelly, Cher, Kim Alexis, Monika Schnarre, Paulina Porizkova, Tatjana Patitz, Richard Gere, Carolyn Murphy, Lya Kebede, Coco Rocha, etc. have graced its cover.