The history of Condé Nast

The history of Condé Nast

In 1909, Condé Montrose Nast bought VOGUE magazine, laying the cornerstone of the worldst most exclusive global media company. With his visionary journalistic concepts and audacious innovation, Nast shaped and changed the history of publishing. The common thread running through it all was an insistence on high-end production values. Take a closer look at the 100-year history of Condé Nast and important milestones along the way.

Heritage

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1909 | Condé Montrose Nast buys VOGUE and establishes Condé Nast Publications

VOGUE was first published in 1892 in New York as a weekly society journal featuring news, poetry, and humorous drawings.

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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.

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1913 | VANITY FAIR is launched

VANITY FAIR launches as Dress & Vanity Fair for first four issues.

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1923 | Edward Steichen becomes chief photographer

Famed photographer Edward Steichen becomes chief photographer for US VOGUE and Vanity Fair. He retires in 1937.

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1924 | Condé Nast pioneers "bleed" printing process

"Bleed" printing is pioneered at the Condé Nast owned and operated Arbor Press in Greenwich, Connecticut. The method prints beyond the edge of the page, so that when the "bleed" is trimmed, the ink goes right to the edge. This method is used worldwide until today.

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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.

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1932 | Horst P. Horst joins Condé Nast

The legendary German-born photographer Horst P. Horst begins his 60-year association with Condé Nast. His name becomes synonymous with style and glamour.

 

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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.

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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1943 | Irving Penn joins VOGUE staff

Legendary American lensman Irving Penn becomes a VOGUE staff photographer, shooting 150 covers over 50 years.

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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)

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1960 | Alexander Liberman's tenure as Editorial Director begins

Liberman begins his three-decade tenure as Editorial Director for all of Condé Nast.

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1961 | Helmut Newton begins association with Condé Nast

Newton begins a prolific career as an innovator in fashion photography. His signature black-and-white photos become a mainstay of VOGUE, VANITY FAIR and Condé Nast Traveller.

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1978 | Condé Nast Germany is founded in Munich

The German arm of Condé Nast International is founded in Munich in 1978.

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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.

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1985 | THE NEW YORKER is acquired

The magazine THE NEW YORKER, launched in 1925, is aquired in 1985.

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1993 | AD Architectural Digest is acquired

AD Architectural Digest, launched in 1920, is acquired in 1993.

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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.

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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.

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1998 | Condé Nast acquires WIRED

Condé Nast buys the US technology and information society magazine WIRED.

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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.

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2000 | Launch of VOGUE.de

Condé Nast Germany launches its first website, VOGUE.de.

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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.

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2002 | GQ Style is launched

GQ Style, a special fashion edition of GQ,  is published.

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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.

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2005 | The "GLAMMY Awards" are presented for the first time

The "GLAMMY Awards" are presented for the first time in 2005. GLAMOUR's annual awards honor its readership's favorite beauty innovations in the largest prize in the cosmetics industry. 

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2005 | Launch of myself; Dr. Sabine Hofman becomes editor-in-chief

Condé Nast Germany develops the women's magazine myself. Dr. Sabine Hofmann has been editor-in-chief since the first issue.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2011 | Launch of WIRED Germany

In 2011 the first issue of German WIRED is published.

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2011 | VOGUE Germany creates VOGUE Salon

With VOGUE Salon, the magazine offers up-and-coming German designers a stage for their designs. VOGUE Salon is held twice a year during Fashion Week in Berlin, bringing young designers together with German and international retail decision makers as well as fashion celebrities.

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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.

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2013 | Condé Nast Manufaktur is founded

Condé Nast launches ist own business unit for corporate publishing. (Photo: head of Condé Nast Manufaktur, Wolfgang Sander, and Doris Huber) 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.