Jillian Davison appointed editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Australia

Jillian Davison has been appointed editor-in-chief of the recently relaunched Harper’s Bazaar Australia, and will oversee all content, development and creative direction across the magazine’s digital and brand platforms.

Davison succeeds Eugenie Kelly, who recently stepped down to pursue other opportunities. The announcement was made by Maureen Jordan, publisher of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Kim St. Clair Bodden, senior vice president, editorial and brand director of Hearst International.


Harpers Bazaar, editor-in-chief, Jillian Davison

Jordan confirmed that further key editorial appointments would be made in the coming weeks.

Davison was most recently creative director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and played an integral role in the conceptual vision and design of the brand’s 200-page inaugural issue that hit the newsstands last week featuring renaissance woman Nakkiah Lui on its cover stately adorned in Cartier and wearing Prada. Previously, she was the creative director of Vogue Australia, a position she held for three years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and plummeting ad sales, Bauer Media, now Are Media, announced in July last year that the magazine, along with seven other titles would be closed.

In June, Hearst Magazines International announced that Harper’s Bazaar would relaunch its glossy magazine in Australia, lead by Switzer Media & Publishing, which also announced that Eugenie Kelly would take the helm as editor-in-chief.

“Jillian’s fresh and innovative approach to style and culture will surely take Harper’s Bazaar Australia to new heights of success in a market she knows so well. We could not be more excited to have her lead this venerable brand,” said St. Clair Bodden. “We thank Eugenie for her dedication and contributions to the successful relaunch of Harper’s Bazaar in the Australian market and wish her the very best with her future endeavors.”

“It is such an honour to be at the helm of this iconic title and for the opportunity to infuse Harper’s BAZAAR with a truly modern approach to fashion and style that embodies elegance and energy,” Davison said. “I am excited to create a hub of creativity that will allow for the most inspired image making and storytelling – the Bazaar reader should expect the unexpected.”

“To launch a magazine during COVID-19 was not without its challenges but we are incredibly excited about the future and plans are already underway to build a strong team under Davison’s guidance. Not only does Jillian have extraordinary creative talent and vision, I have seen the respect she receives from all those around her, whether that be writers, models, photographers or advertisers, to name a few,” Jordan added.

Davison brings a breadth of international experience and knowledge to this country and her new role at Bazaar. Her career has seen her working extensively in Sydney and New York.

Davison spent the early 2000’s as a fashion editor at US Harper’s Bazaar, during which time she gained a deep understanding of the brand. Before joining Vogue Australia in 2018, she held a variety of editorial positions, including fashion director of Glamour US and fashion editor of Teen Vogue US.


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