The history of Condé Nast
The history of Condé Nast
1909 | Condé Montrose Nast buys VOGUE and establishes Condé Nast Publications
1913 | Condé Montrose Nast essay outlining his philosophy of "class publishing" appears
The article “Class Publication” by Condé Montrose Nast was published in ‘The Merchants and Manufacturer’s Journal’ in June 1913.The article “Class Publication” by Condé Montrose Nast was published in ‘The Merchants and Manufacturer’s Journal’ in June 1913. The essay surprises with the principles of first-class magazine journalism and its relevance even 100 years later.
1913 | VANITY FAIR is launched
VANITY FAIR launches as Dress & Vanity Fair for first four issues.
1916 | British VOGUE is launched; Condé Nast becomes first company to publish international editions
1923 | Edward Steichen becomes chief photographer
1924 | Condé Nast pioneers "bleed" printing process
1928 | German VOGUE is first launched
For about two years in 1928 and 1929, VOGUE was published in Germany for the first time. The editorial offices were in Berlin. Illustrated covers from this era
are available at Lumas.
1932 | Horst P. Horst joins Condé Nast
1932 | VOGUE prints its first color photographic cover
As first magazine globally, VOGUE US is published with a colour photography on the cover. Condé Nast begins replacing fashion illustrations on its covers with photos, an innovative move for the time.
1939 | GLAMOUR is launched
GLAMOUR is launched in 1939. The magazine is the last to be developed personally by Condé Montrose Nast. World War II drives women into the workforce. To reflect this societal shift, "GLAMOUR of Hollywood" becomes GLAMOUR, changing its focus from Hollywood starlets to working women. The tagline for the magazine becomes “the girl with a job.”
1941 | Alexander Liberman joins Condé Nast
Alexander Liberman joins the VOGUE art department; he would go on to leave an indelible mark as a dominant creative force at Condé Nast.
1942 | Condé Montrose Nast dies
After the death of Condé Montrose Nast, his heirs continue operation of the publishing house before it changes hands several times.
1943 | Irving Penn joins VOGUE staff
Legendary American lensman Irving Penn becomes a VOGUE staff photographer, shooting 150 covers over 50 years.
1959 | S.I.Newhouse acquires Condé Nast
Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr. purchases Condé Nast Publications. As well as Bridehouse and Street & Smith, including Mademoiselle. Until today, Condé Nast remains in the private ownership of the Newhouse family. (BU: MR. AND MRS. S.I. NEWHOUSE SR. AT LINCOLN CENTER FOR DEDICATION OF MITZI E. NEWHOUSE THEATER, 1974)
1960 | Alexander Liberman's tenure as Editorial Director begins
Liberman begins his three-decade tenure as Editorial Director for all of Condé Nast.
1961 | Helmut Newton begins association with Condé Nast
1978 | Condé Nast Germany is founded in Munich
The German arm of Condé Nast International is founded in Munich in 1978.
1979 | GQ Gentleman's Quarterly is aquired
Launched as Apparel Arts in 1932, the magazine became Gentleman’s Quarterly in 1957. The name is later shortened to GQ before Condé Nast’s acquisition.
1985 | THE NEW YORKER is acquired
The magazine THE NEW YORKER, launched in 1925, is aquired in 1985.
1993 | AD Architectural Digest is acquired
AD Architectural Digest, launched in 1920, is acquired in 1993.
1997 | GQ Gentleman's Quarterly Germany is launched
In October 1997, the first issue of German GQ Gentleman's Quarterly hits the stands. The magazine's skilled journalists use intelligence, charm and a clear point of view to address men's style and issues.
1997 | German AD Architectural Digest is launched
Since the publication of its first issue in 1997, the German AD Architectural Digest has become the leading organ for high-end architecture, design, and lifestyle in the German-speaking world.
1998 | Condé Nast acquires WIRED
Condé Nast buys the US technology and information society magazine WIRED.
1999 | The GQ "Men of the Year"-Awards make their debut
GQ honors its first "Men of the Year" in 1999. Among the recipients and presenters at the annual awards gala are David Beckham, Götz George, Sir Ben Kingsley, Annie Lennox and Kylie Minogue, Mischa Barton, Sir Bob Geldof, Giorgio Armani, Diane Kruger, Roberto Cavalli, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Michael Schumacher, Nicolas Cage and Vladimir Klitschko.
2000 | Launch of VOGUE.de
Condé Nast Germany launches its first website, VOGUE.de.
2001 | GLAMOUR Germany is launched
The first German issue of the fashion magazine GLAMOUR is published in 2001. With it, Condé Nast introduces the pocket magazine to the German market.
2002 | GQ Style is launched
GQ Style, a special fashion edition of GQ, is published.
2003 | Christiane Arp becomes editor-in-chief of VOGUE Germany
After becoming deputy editor in 2002, Christiane Arp takes over the post of editor-in-chief in 2003.
2005 | The "GLAMMY Awards" are presented for the first time
2005 | Launch of myself; Dr. Sabine Hofman becomes editor-in-chief
2007 | Start of GLAMOUR Shopping-Week
GLAMOUR launches its Shopping-Week. With the participation of 120 partners and 12,000 retailers, GSW currently sends its readership on a shopping spree twice a year, making it the largest coordinated retail event in the German fashion scene.
2008 | Andrea Ketterer becomes editor-in-chief of GLAMOUR Germany
In 2008, Andrea Ketterer becomes editor-in-chief of GLAMOUR, moving from the post of head copywriter and deputy editor-in-chief.
2009 | Moritz von Laffert becomes managing director and publisher of Condé Nast Germany
Moritz von Laffert becomes managing director and publisher of Condé Nast Germany in 2009. In 2012, he adds the title of vice president at Condé Nast International. And since 2013, he has also been in charge of mergers and acquisitions as director of acquisitions and investments.
2009 | VOGUE brings the Fashion's Night Out to Germany
The international shopping initiative started by VOGUE is now held all over the world. Since 2009, German VOGUE organizes the high-end shopping experience in Berlin and Düsseldorf each year in September.
2010 | The "myself darling" awards are presented for the first time
The myself editorial board honors as "myself darlings" celebrities who have shown excellence in commitment, unusual achievement, or ideas.
2010 | José Redondo-Vega becomes editor-in-chief of GQ
In 2010, José Redondo-Vega moves from deputy editor to editor-in-chief of GQ.
2011 | Launch of WIRED Germany
In 2011 the first issue of German WIRED is published.
2011 | VOGUE Germany creates VOGUE Salon
2012 | Launch of AD Choice
AD Choice is first published. An extension of the AD line, the style compendium appears annually and showcases the 500 best furniture designs of the year.
2013 | Condé Nast Manufaktur is founded
2013 | Expansion of global investments
Condé Nast International expands its M&A activities and joins ups with online retailers Monoqui, Vestiaire Collective and Farfetch.
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2013 | Condé Nast publishes its joint magazine QUINTESSENCE
Working together, the editors-in-chief of Condé Nast's five German magazines develop the single-issue QUINTESSENCE. With a print run of 800,000, it goes on the stands with the December issues of the five magazines.
2014 | Nikolaus Röttger becomes editor-in-chief of WIRED
Nikolaus Röttger becomes editor-in-chief of German WIRED and sets up the editorial office in Berlin.
2017 | Tom Junkersdorf becomes editor-in-chief of GQ
Tom Junkersdorf becomes editor-in-chief of GQ Gentlemen's Quarterly. Before joining Condé Nast, he worked at the Bauer Media Group, as editor-in-chief overseeing the development and launch of the society weekly People.
2018 | Condé Nast moves its offices to Oskar-von-Miller-Ring in Munich
In May 2018, Condé Nast moved its offices to the “OSKAR“, a Richard-Meier-building located close to Odeonsplatz. The office concept and the interior design were developed in an cross-functional planning process by executives and employees in close cooperation with architects from tools.off.architecture in Munich.