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Former Vogue Deputy Editor Anna Harvey Has Died


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Anna Harvey, former Vogue deputy editor and confidential fashion advisor to Diana, Princess of Wales, has died. During a career that spanned over three decades at Condé Nast, Harvey held positions at Brides in the early 1970s, before joining the Vogue team as fashion editor from 1977 to 1990, when she was made associate fashion editor. After a brief detour to Tatler, where she took on the role of deputy editor, she returned to Vogue as deputy editor until 1996.

By this time, her business prowess and understanding of the publishing house had made her well placed to help Vogue on its ambitious expansion program. As editorial director of new markets, she oversaw the launch of Vogue in numerous countries, as well as other Condé Nast titles across Europe and Africa.

“Anna Harvey was one of the great Vogue editors of our time,” Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, commented. “She possessed impeccable taste and an unequalled ability to animate fashion in the pages of our magazines. In recent years, as the editorial director of new markets, she was instrumental in launching Vogue in countries like China, Russia, and India, serving as a teacher and advisor to new editors who were inventing Vogues in their markets.”

It was former British Vogue editor Beatrix Miller who introduced Harvey to Diana, Princess of Wales in 1980. Harvey was selected to help with Diana’s image after her engagement to Prince Charles had been announced and the nation’s spotlight was firmly on the young royal.

“I was shaking like a leaf,” Harvey told Vogue of their first meeting in the editor’s office. “But I took one look at her and thought, this isn’t going to be too difficult after all. She was about 5ft 10in and completely in proportion. Her eyes lit up when she saw all the racks – I don’t think she had any idea how many lovely things there were out there – and her enthusiasm was contagious.”

The meetings that followed took place in Kensington Palace, where the duo sat on the floor in the drawing room, looking at sketches and swatches of fabric, while the butler brought endless cups of coffee. “Once you had her trust, it was implicit, which made the responsibility even greater,” Harvey recalled. “I’d pore over the newspaper photographs – and she did – to see which outfits worked… She was a very English girl and the romantic style suited her. Everyone was thrilled to do things for her; there was such a feeling of euphoria that here was this young, glamorous girl who loved clothes.”

Newhouse continued of his former colleague, who was also a devoted wife to her husband Jonathan, a barrister, and a mother to four children: “As a person she was discreet, thoughtful and modest while possessing integrity and an inner toughness. She held herself and others to the highest standards. She was, to use a very old-fashioned expression, a real lady.”

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