It's a good summary but the reality is that the stylists usually end up having to get the clothes and accessories from the designers and houses because the fashion editors of magazines are usually too busy to do this and often haven't the budget for an assistant. Many fashion editors have been stylists. Some editors-in-chief have also come from a styling background. In other words, for those of you interested in a career in fashion media, styling is quite a good way to start because of the contacts you make with designers, houses, photographers (and their assistants who are usually tomorrow's photographers) and all the people, like hairstylists, and makeup artists, who make a fashion story happen. You also learn how magazines function - or not, as the case may be. Additionally, you make good contacts with peripheral people including all kinds of agents. Plus, importantly, you learn the politics of the game. If you're good at the politics, baby, you don't even need any talent...
Of course, you could try becoming a fashion editor via the journalism and writing side of things. Again, as the content of many fashion glossies proves, you don't necessarily need skill or talent as a journalist. All you have to do to get your free handbags, shoes and other goodies from the fashion houses is ensure that their press releases get published in the magazine. No need even to edit them because they're all written by fashion journalists trying to earn enough extra money to pay the rent and eat.
If this seems unduly cynical, it isn't meant to be. Just felt that an injection of reality wouldn't go amiss...
The Meaning of the Titles from Glamour Magazine Masthead
I am doing a huge project for my fashion class. Can someone help me please, I would like to know what does these titles actually do and what do they contribute to the magazine:
Fashion Market Director
Senior Fashion Editor
Editor at Large
Senior Fashion Editor, Accessories
Fashion Market Editor
Senior Credits Editor
Associate Sitting Editor
Associate Booking-Production Editor
I pulled these titles from Glamour Magazine Masthead (the fashion section).
I had emailed few of the editors but didn't recieve any responses. This would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
I did a search for this topic and couldn't find a thread. I hope this hasn't already been discussed. But, anywho, on to the question.
I'm extremely interested in designing magazine covers and layouts.
I was just wondering if perhaps Graphic Designers are infact the ones who decide on the magazine covers and layouts? Can anyone please help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.
Any tips/help on starting out would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Atrium, there is a little bit of info mentioned in the Anatomy of a Magazine Cover article on just how a magazine layout is created. It appears to be a collaborative effort but graphic designers are certainly a part of that :
LAYING OUT THE COVER
Within a week, contact sheets from the photographer arrive at the magazine. Film is picked by the art and photo departments and the editor in chief. A print order is made and the retouching and color correcting process begins, which can take up to two weeks. Most magazines and photographers use Box Studios in New York. Simultaneously, an editor in chief and other editors at the magazine generate cover lines, while the art department uses scans from the original contact sheets to mock up versions of the cover. While stars often ask for photo approval, itís rarely ever granted. However, many celebrities and models are able to see polaroids during the shoot and can make objections if something looks off to them then.
I think the final say on the overall look of the magazine is decided on by the top editors though.
What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about... - Diana Vreeland Twitter / Tumblr
So, how does one go about getting the job of assistant to the Editor in Chief? Are these jobs advertised? Is it by word of mouth? Or are these positions filled by former interns? I know it would be no easy task to do the job, but I guess I'm curious after seeing the Devil Wears Prada so many times. Also, is the position intended to be a short term thing or is there just really high turnover?
The Franco Fille (francophile)
My style: 50% Parisian Chic, 50% Upper East Side
as both a stylist and a fashion editor you will need a portfolio of shots/ tearsheets. essentially, both positions are stylists. a 'stylist' is either a freelance stylist for different publications, or a more junior person in the fashion team on a magazine or other publication. a fashion editor has been a stylist and has enough experience and fashion business know-how that they can judge what brands to use to help the magazine, and can judge picking photographers and liasing for upcoming shoots with the editor. in some cases fashion editors can also come from being 'market editors' and others with a PR background. this experience helps them with the clothes/ advertising/ magazine relationships.
hope this helps!
'Buy the ticket, take the ride' - Hunter S Thompson
So, my question is inspired by the new series of "The City" on MTV. Do magazines really have PR departments? I guess it makes sense, but I never really thought about it. Do all magazines have a PR department? Is this department usually part of a marketing department, or is it separate?
Also, how would one go about obtaining a PR job at a magazine? Is it simply luck and word of mouth?
PR and Marketing are usually different departments although they are related in that they both are needed, in addition to Advertising, to get the product out to the public. I don't know for a fact, but I would expect any large magazine to have both departments ... any large business needs these.
Marketing involves product development, advance planning, inventory, circulation in the realm of publishing. It's lot's of statistics ... not what you think it is. PR involves getting the name out to the public, via press releases, functions and parties, and I think, product placement on TV etc., sponsorships ... by any means except advertising. And then... advertising that's all the paid stuff... billboards, commercials, etc.
If you have questions about how to get a job or what education you need, there are other threads that would better cover the subjects: