National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
As Harper's Bazaar's editor-in-chief, Carmel Snow transformed the magazine from a faltering enterprise to a thriving pace-setter in fashion publishing. In the process, Snow herself became a major arbiter in women's fashion. The mere fact of her appearance at a dress-collection showing was enough to send a designer's spirits soaring, and she was widely credited with winning American women over to such French designers such as Dior and Balenciaga.
Under Snow's leadership, Harper's Bazaar developed a look that was the admiration of the entire magazine industry. A large part of that look was owing to the photographers she recruited. Chief among them was George Hoyningen-Huene, who made this likeness of her and was one of the most innovative fashion photographers of his time.