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Arthur Baldwin Turnure: The Founder of Vogue Magazine

by Editorial Staff 13 Mar 2023

Arthur Baldwin Turnure: The Founder of Vogue Magazine

Arthur Baldwin Turnure was an American publisher and editor who is best known for founding Vogue magazine in 1892. Despite his short life and career, Turnure made a significant impact on the publishing industry and helped shape the modern fashion media landscape.

Early Life and Career

Arthur Baldwin Turnure was born on June 7, 1855, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, George Turnure, was a successful merchant who ran a wholesale grocery business, while his mother, Eliza Baldwin, was a homemaker. Turnure grew up in a wealthy family and attended private schools in Cincinnati before studying at Yale University.

After completing his education, Turnure moved to New York City and began working as a journalist. He wrote for several publications, including the New York Tribune, and quickly gained a reputation as a talented writer and editor. In 1882, he became the editor of the New York World, a leading newspaper at the time. During his tenure, he introduced several innovations to the paper, including a Sunday supplement and a women's page.

Founding of Vogue Magazine

In 1892, Turnure decided to launch his own publication focused on fashion and society news. He founded Vogue as a weekly newspaper that covered the latest trends in fashion, as well as cultural and social events in New York City. The first issue of Vogue was published on December 17, 1892, and featured a cover illustration by artist Arthur B. Frost.

At the time, there were few publications dedicated to fashion, and Turnure saw an opportunity to fill this gap in the market. He aimed to create a magazine that was sophisticated, stylish, and informative, and that would appeal to a readership of fashionable and affluent women. Vogue quickly became popular among the city's elite, and its coverage of high society events, celebrity interviews, and fashion and beauty tips helped establish it as a must-read publication for fashionable women.

Turnure was the editor of Vogue until his death in 1909, and during his tenure, he helped shape the magazine's tone and content. He was known for his editorial skill, his attention to detail, and his ability to spot emerging trends in fashion and culture. Under his leadership, Vogue grew in popularity and influence, and by the turn of the century, it was one of the leading fashion publications in the world.

Legacy and Impact

After Turnure's death, Vogue was sold to Condé Nast, a publishing magnate who recognized its potential as a national and international brand. Nast turned Vogue into a monthly magazine, expanded its coverage to include fashion and beauty tips, celebrity interviews, and cultural commentary, and recruited a talented team of writers, editors, and photographers to help shape its content.

Today, Vogue is one of the most recognizable and influential fashion publications in the world, with a readership that spans the globe. It is known for its high-end fashion shoots, its celebrity interviews, and its coverage of the latest trends in fashion and culture. Over the years, it has featured some of the world's most iconic models and photographers, including Twiggy, Naomi Campbell, Annie Leibovitz, and Mario Testino.

Turnure's legacy as the founder of Vogue is significant, as he helped establish the modern fashion media landscape and paved the way for generations of fashion writers, editors, and photographers. He was a visionary entrepreneur who saw the potential of fashion as a cultural force and helped create a magazine that has become an institution in its own right. 

Today, Vogue continues to inspire and influence readers around the world, and Arthur Baldwin Turnure's vision for a stylish, sophisticated, and informative publication lives on.

Hey there! I'm Chuck, the Editor-in-Chief at Local Threads. We’re on a mission to showcase founders of start-ups and help them shine and tell the world about themselves, their products, and their vision in life. We see value in the stories of big brands and their founders as well. Their success can be a source of inspiration for start-ups.

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