Fashion Magazines are the ultimate fashion guide that we relate to. Even after so many online fashion publications and websites ace their fashion game, fashion magazines still hold a very similar power in shaping the Fashion Industry.
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List of Top 20 Fashion Magazines in the World
We have listed the top 20 fashion magazines in the world in 2023 for the ultimate fashion guide that we relate to.
Vogue is unarguably the most-sold fashion publication so far. Taken over by Conde Naste in 1909, Vogue was first published in 1892 and has been ruling ever since. Targeted to be a Women-focused magazine, it has more than 11 Million readers across 23 countries, a lot was a revolution was Anna Wintour took over.
2. Harper’s Bazaar
American Publication Harper’s Bazaar, which was set in 1967, was first published in New York City and became a styling source for women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture. Coming from a long history where editors have set a benchmark on Ideal fashion journalism, Bazaar is every editor’s dream.
Known as Cosmo was set in 1965 and has been serving as a Fashion and Entertainment magazine ever since. It has been one of the best-selling magazines both for fashion and non-fashion lovers as it talks about fashion, dating, relationships, health, careers, celebrities, fashion, horoscopes, personal development, and beauty.
4. Marie Claire
Marie Claire is a French-British-based fashion magazine that is 84 years old and is talking about Fashion, Beauty, and Health since 1937. Founded by Jean Prouvost and Marcelle Auclair, Marie Claire serves more than 35 countries worldwide and addresses lifestyle and fashion like nobody else.
Allure is an American Beauty Magazine that again works under Conde Nast publications and was founded by Linda Wells in 1991. They also conduct annual beauty awards in the October issue that promotes the best of beauty stuff. While they’re known for also receiving many awards from Adweek, Bronze Clio Award, and Editorial Excellence Award from Folio to name a few.
Elle was first sold as a supplement to France-Soir and later became of the most-sold fashion magazines we know, in competition with Vogue. Made with a purpose to inspire many women out there, Elle’s first issue was released in 1945, 76 years of business.
InStyle Magazine is one of the youngest magazines that has reached enormous heights as it was founded in 1994. Currently, led by Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown, the magazine talks about fashion, styling, beauty, and health as the core content and serves more than 16 countries including, Brazil, Greece, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, etc.
Abbreviated for Gentlemen’s Quarterly, GQ’s first issue was released in 1931, is a US-based fashion magazine designed for men. It talks about various domains like Fashion, Style, Health, Food, Fitness, Music, etc released quarterly as the name mentions.
First published in 1972, W is a Fashion Magazine that talks about Fashion, Style, Culture, and Celebrity. It also has a sister publication called Women’s Wear Daily, which is now owned by Conde Nast Publications. With over half a million readers and 469,000 of annual subscribers, it is one of the growing magazines we know.
L’Officiel is a French-based Fashion Publication in 1921 and is considered a Fashion Bible in France. There’s also a men’s version and an interior styling version of the same, L’Officiel, and L’Officiel Hommes respectively. Although what’s here to notice is its full name, that is L’Officiel de la couture et de la mode de Paris” which is known by the least.
11. Vanity Fair
Its first issue was released in 1913 which got closed after 1936 and was again revived in 1983. Although Vanity Fair originally meant “a place or scene of ostentation or empty, idle amusement and frivolity”, is now one of the most successful magazines we know that talks hugely about culture.
A monthly French fashion publication created for trendsetters. Founded in 1977, it’s a woman-based magazine, by Jennifer Eymere, although is one of the magazines that are less popular. It talks about International Fashion trends and runway updates, as a notion to bring fresh content to the table.
Grazia is a weekly Women’s Fashion Magazine based in Italy, which was founded in 1938. Published across countries like Australia, Argentina, China, Greece, France, Germany, and India to name a few. Initially, this magazine was modeled in Harper’s Bazaar in 1938 as a mode of promotion.
Founded in 1931, Glamour is a Conde Nast-owned fashion magazine that aims to cater to women between 18 to 45. With a subscription audience of 1,411,061 readers in the United State, Glamour was the first magazine to feature an African model on the cover page in August 1968.
15. Women’s Wear Daily
Women’s Wear Daily was known to be a Bible of Women’s Fashion with regular updates on Fashion, Styling, and News about Fashion Retail. WWD is a flagship publication that’s owned by Penske Media Corporation, and its audience consists of retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, and media agencies to name a few.
Founded in 1980, Lewis Smith started this publication, owned by Essence Communications, and called it the ultimate destination of Lifestyle Updates, directed at upscale African American women.
17. The Impression
The Impression introduces us to the newest Industry professionals and creative heads in the Fashion Industry. Read about campaign reviews, fashion films, and marketing trends, runway updates, from the front end to the backstage stories, you’ll get it all.
AnOther Magazine was launched in 2001, produced bi-annually, that offers us high fashion photography, a perfect blend of high fashion and photography. They have featured many celebrities that include Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, and Rihanna to name a few.
19. CR Fashion Book
CR Fashion Book was founded by Carine Roitfeld, one of the known fashion editors who served Vogue. After 10 years of serving at Vogue, the CR fashion book was started in 2012, which talks about fashion and beauty trends for the young audience to get inspired.
20. The New York Times Style Magazine
A Sub-branch of The New York Times, T is all about Fashion and Beauty news, holiday, lifestyle, travel, and design. Founded in 2004, even if it’s a different publication but it works with the same staff.
While these Fashion Magazines can be an ultimate source of educating yourself Fashion-Wise, you can also find more resources in the list of best Fashion Podcasts mentioned here.