Stephen Gan Leaves 'Harper's Bazaar' for 'Elle'

The industry veteran will keep the title of creative director with the publication jump.
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Stephen Gan. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Stephen Gan. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Stephen Gan is leaving Harper's Bazaar after more than 15 years at the publication to join Elle under recently named editor-in-chief Nina Garcia, according to a press release from Elle. As creative director at Elle, Gan will be responsible for helping update the look of the magazine by bringing in new photography and styling talent. Gan will continue as the editor-in-chief of V Magazine and VManin addition to holding his new role at Elle.

"I've been reading about Hélène Gordon Lazareff, the pioneering female journalist that started Elle in France in 1945. She was respected as a revered journalist and a visionary," Gan said in the release. "Lazareff was one of the first editors to print color photography in fashion magazines, and she was an advocate of freedom, women's liberation and she apparently was one of the first journalists to discover designers like Yves Saint Laurent... I am honored and excited to be given the chance, alongside Nina Garcia, to give Lazareff's vision a modern spin through a redesign which will hopefully touch Elle's massive global readership of young empowered women."

While Gan seems excited about the new appointment, he didn't hold back from praising Bazaar, either.

"Glenda Bailey gave me an incredible opportunity and challenge at Bazaar," said of Bazaar's editor-in-chief. "Over the years I watched her and Carol Smith turn Harper's Bazaar into a remarkable success story and I am energized to watch and be part of what's ahead for Elle."

Watch this space for updates about Gan's successor at Bazaar, who has yet to be named.

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