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In 1962, two young assistants ascended to one of the top spots in magazine design. Katie Calautti charts Ruth Ansel and Bea Feitler’s groundbreaking collaboration at Harper’s Bazaar, without which the ’60s might never have swung quite so hard.

The history-making collaboration between Ruth Ansel and Bea Feitler came about as the result of a bitter argument.

In 1962, Harper’s Bazaar art director Marvin Israel was fired on the spot by Editor-in-Chief Nancy White, after he commissioned a cover featuring a model who looked exactly like the magazine’s iconic former fashion editor, Diana Vreeland—a heavy-handed insinuation that Vreeland should have been given the top job.

  • Words:
    Katie Calautti

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