Hamish Bowles (born 1963) is the European Editor at Large for Vogue and recognized as one of the most respected authorities on the worlds of fashion and interior design. After beginning as Vogue’s Style Editor in 1992, Mr. Bowles was promoted to European Editor at Large in 1995. His current role includes overseeing all lifestyle and interior design features, celebrity profiles, as well as acting as VOGUE’s liaison to the international fashion markets. He is also Editor-in-Chief for Special Issues of Vogue Living.
Bowles was educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Prior to joining VOGUE, Mr. Bowles began his career at London’s Harpers and Queen magazine in 1984, working as Fashion Editor and rising to Style Director in 1989.
In April 2001, Mr. Bowles was creative consultant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with responsibility for organizing and mounting the internationally renowned and critically acclaimed Costume Institute Exhibition, “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years—Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library Museum”. In April 2002, this popular exhibit was reopened at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Bowles has written for and contributed to countless articles, reviews, and books on fashion history, art, lifestyle, and interior design. The books include Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years (2001); Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon (2004); Vogue’s Book of Houses, Gardens, People (2007); and Yves Saint Laurent Style (2008). His lectures include “The Dandy” (1984) at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; “The Newest Art” (1998) and “The American Century: America’s Fashion Ascendancy and Its Roots” (1999) at New York University; Molyneux (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York 2008); The Line of Beauty; Yves Saint Laurent and the Influence of Christian Dior (de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2008).
Mr. Bowles has an extensive private collection of historic haute couture and fashion clothes, and has lent examples to exhibitions at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and The Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan; the Palais Galliera and The Musee de la Mode at the Louvre in Paris, and the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of London in London among others.
Mr. Hamish Bowles has also been the finalist,vogue talent contest, 1978. He studied at Saint Martin's School of Art and Design and accepted a position at US Vogue in 1992. As the magazine's European editor-at-large, he is considered one of the most influential people in fashion.
Mr. Bowles resides in both Manhattan and Paris.