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Shifting focus - the Decade interview: Harriet Quick

Where were you ten years ago? What are you doing today? Where will you be in ten years' time?
Harriet Quick
Harriet Quick


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To mark the publication of Phaidon's book Decade - a photographic history of the first ten years of the new Millennium - Phaidon.com spoke to ten leading figures in a variety of disciplines about what they were doing ten years ago, what they are doing now, and where they might be in ten years' time.

Harriet Quick has been at Vogue for the last ten years. She joined as Fashion Features Editor and became the Fashion Features Director five years ago. Harriet Quick won the Vogue Talent Contest for Young Writers in 1992.

 

Q: What were you doing ten years ago?

Ten years ago I had just joined Vogue, and the fashion world was a very different place back then with online and email in its infancy. Now Vogue has just launched an app bringing shoots to life, and giving fashion movement, sound and multiple dimensions. Having come from a niche style publication launched by Frank - the owners of The Face and Arena - I wanted to give the grown-up world of Vogue a go. Back then it was full of cashmere by Voyage and Notting Hill bobos. I was mesmerised by avant gardists like McQueen and Hussein Chalayan.

 

Q: What are you doing now?

Because of the digital revolution, and because of the pace of fashion and its widespread coverage, my job has changed immensely. I joined as Fashion Features Editor and I am now Director. We have to work harder to keep the edge and also to maintain the sense of luxury. In the last ten years, I have also authored two books, contributed to Phaidon's Sample and travelled around the world, which is always a thrill and a pleasure.

 

Q: Where will you be in ten years' time?

I would like to have unlocked the secret to endless joy, have a husband and family, own another property - preferably on a small Greek island or on the beach in Uruguay - and have published a novel. As long I keep on dreaming, envisioning... that for me is an essential in life. Magazines will still be in existence but I see them becoming more rarified and beautiful.


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