Magazine of the Week

Welcome to this week’s Mag of the Week!

June 19 will be the Mag of the Week for a while. I will be writing occasionally to say goodbye to some classic titles that have stopped publishing recently, but MoWs are taking a summer hiatus. The feature will return after Labor Day, when school is back in session. This will give me time to write some in-depth content and get some summer projects done. Plus take some time off!

Cover of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine showing black and white photo of young woman


Interview Magazine was begun in 1969 as a monthly newspaper with a focus on film and film stars. Created by artist, writer, and provocateur Andy Warhol and British underground journalist John Wilcock, it reflected a fascination with celebrity, allowing them to augment their own by showcasing that of others.

Page from Interview magazine showing article on musician Alice Glass


Hyper-aware of media’s involvement in the idea of celebrity, Warhol began experimenting in publishing in the late 1960s. In 1969, he co-launched InterView, A Monthly Film Journal. The first issue was consciously commoditized, proclaiming “First Issue Collector’s Edition” on the cover. The artist used the magazine as a vehicle for his media persona by distributing it among friends and promising covers to people he met while out partying. It was part of his art-business sales strategy, as well. He instructed editors to use the wives and girlfriends of prominent New Yorkers as cover models, arguing that these patrons would certainly then buy the original screenprint work.


Cover of Interview magazine showing artistic image of Diana Vreeland




He continued to publish the title from his studio on Union Square until his death in 1987, although he withdrew from the day-to-day running of the title earlier. Hired by Warhol in 1972, artist Richard Bernstein created the signature cover look of hyper-realized oversized celebrity portraiture until 1989.





Fashion photo from Interview magazine showing blond woman in red shirt



Since Warhol’s death, several publishing teams have kept Interview Magazine in the same style, with about 40% glossy advertising and 60% features, including free-form, chatty interviews of celebrities, often by other celebrities. As media has broadened in scope, Interview’s coverage has as well. The title now juxtaposes fashion coverage with social media and television celebrity reporting, alongside its initial club, music, and film involvement. Former editor Ingrid Sischy described the magazine as “dishy but serious.”


Article from Interview magazine about 4 new designers who worked for Balenciaga




On May 21, 2018, the editors announced a filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, shortly after a recent revamping attempt. Rumors have flown (and Tweeted) around for months that editors and artists have not been paid for their work, and a creative director stands accused of sexual harassment by several former employees. Nonetheless, news surfaced this week that family members of the recent editorial team may have found a way to refinance the magazine and keep it afloat. It seems fitting that a magazine founded upon an artist’s love of celebrity should have such a public and treacherous path.


Biography of Andy Warhol by Warhol Museum

Reprint of Interview magazine interview with Warhol in 1977

Chandelier blog interview with Marc Balet on working at Interview

Heller books interview with Steven Heller about working at Interview

Guardian May 21 2018 article on Interview magazine closure

Observer May 21 2018 article on Interview closure

WWD June 1 2018 article on financial reorganization of Interview magazine

Observer June 4 2018 article on financial reorganization of Interview magazine




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NYC, Summer’s Playground


Summer seems like a good time for a university building to get a facelift. And that’s just what the Goodman Resource Center is having done! You’re looking at the wall of our building that faces 7th Avenue. It’s covered in scaffolding so the college can do necessary work to our facade. I’m sure we’ll be all shiny and new for incoming students in the fall, though.

42nd street, May 29, 2013. Photo by John Minchillo, AP

In the meantime, there are lots of cool things to do in New York City over the summer, starting with tonight is the first of summer’s 2 Manhattanhenges. Tonight’s your chance to get an amazing pic of the sunset through city buildings!

Other fun stuff to do this summer includes the Staten Island Ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty, the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, museum visits (air conditioning!), movies in parks all over town, Mermaid Parade, Shakespeare in Central Park, concerts all over town, and so on. Links below! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Sun sets over Citi Field in Queens, June 2016. Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY.

2017 Jazz Age Lawn Party. Photo by Tony Falcone
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May 2018: Fashion Fireworks Month

Photo Getty Images

This month featured several of the world’s most important fashion occasions. First there was the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s annual Costume Institute Gala May 7. Then there was the Cannes Film Festival May 8-19. Then there was the wedding May 19 of Prince Harry of England to his American love, Meghan Markle, Hollywood actress and social activist. Lots of people spent a lot of money to dress as fabulously and appropriately for these events as they could.

I’m going to talk about the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in another post, but I wanted to talk about these other international occasions because there were some great hats. Oh, and clothes, too!

Hollywood, Bollywood, and Windsor… Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra arrive at Harry & Meghan’s wedding. Photo by Getty Images.



Guest lists for the Met Gala, the Cannes Film Festival, and the wedding of Meghan Markle to Great Britain’s Prince Harry overlapped a little. Cannes, of course, is a huge event over 12 days and showing 51 films from all over the world.

We don’t see much of the publicity from this event because it takes place in France, but the actors, actresses, and other movie creators who display themselves at this event are important to pop culture and fashion on a worldwide scale. 51 movies is a lot of glamour strutting a lot of red carpets. It’s fun to take a look at fandom in other places.



Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on a Cannes red carpet 2018 (left) and Priyanka Chopra on the Oscars red carpet 2017 (right)

Priyanka Chopra is one of the fashionistas who made multiple guest lists. Like many Bollywood stars, she has avid fans in the Indian press. I especially loved this newspaper’s snarky comparison of her fashion choices with those of fellow Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from

George & Amal Clooney at Cannes in 2016. Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images




Another much-traveled set of celebs are the fabulous Amal and George Clooney. They looked stunning at the Met Gala in New York. Although they skipped Cannes this year, the festival’s carpets are no stranger to their fashion prowess. It’s easy to see that Amal loves yellow.






Amal & George arriving at the royal wedding. Photo by Getty Images




Chopra and Clooney are not the only international film star to attract attention for her fashion taste. Fan Bingbing of China was once again notable for her dramatic fashion choices in Cannes this year.

This list gives a sense of how excited the Chinese press is about Bingbing and their other film stars:



Fan BingBing at Cannes 2018. Photo by INSTARImages.


For a better look at the guests arriving at Harry and Meghan’s wedding:


We wish every happiness to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex! And we look forward to lots more fashion choices to comment on!




Daria and Meghan Markle arriving at the chapel for Meghan & Harry’s wedding. Photo by Getty Images.
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