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Grace Mirabella (born 1929) is a former editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. She started working at Vogue in the 1950s and served as editor in chief between 1971 and 1988.

Biography

Grace Mirabella was born to parents of Italian descent in Newark, New Jerseymarker. She graduated from Skidmore College in June 1950, majoring in economics. She married Dr. William Cahan in the 1980s.

Career

Her early career started by working in a family friend's sportswear shop and after college, Mirabella held several junior positions in the retail business. In her early career, she worked at Macy'smarker as an executive trainee and Saks Fifth Avenue, as an assistant to the sales promotion manager.

In the early 50s Grace Mirabella was hired as an assistant at Vogue, where she soon was promoted to editor. During most of the 1960s, Mirabella held the position as editor in chief Diana Vreeland's associate. Eventually, in 1971, Grace Mirabella was promoted to editor in chief. Mirabella was replaced by Anna Wintour in 1988. In the 1990s, she published her own fashion magazine, Mirabella, with the help of Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Notable work

During Grace Mirabella's term as editor in chief of Vogue, the circulation increased from 400,000 copies to 1.2 million. The advertising revenues at the time of her dismissal from Vogue was $79.5 million dollars, to be compared to that of Elle of $39 million dollars.

Fashion photographer Helmut Newton published several notable editorials in the magazine from 1971 to the end of Mirabella's leadership. Further, Richard Avedon photographed most of the covers and other photographers, such as Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, Albert Watson, Mike Reinhardt, Kourken Pakchanian and Chris von Wangenheim published several examples of their early work in her editions.

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