Anthony Mazzola, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar, died Wednesday in New York at age 90.
Mazzola, who also was the curator of Hearst Corp.’s fine art collection, started his career at the publishing company as an art director. In 1948, at the age of 25, Mazzola joined T&C as the youngest art director in the magazine’s history. He held that post for nearly two decades, ultimately becoming editor in chief in 1965.
“Anthony Mazzola was a dynamic member of the Hearst Magazines family for more than 65 years,” said Steven Swartz, president and chief executive officer of Hearst Corp. “Tony will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of working with him.”
In 1972, Mazzola was appointed editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, a post he held for 20 years. Following his tenures at both magazines, Mazzola edited Harper’s Bazaar’s 125th anniversary book in 1993, and he served as editorial director of T&C’s two-volume 150th anniversary tome.
“Tony Mazzola was one of the most creative editors I’ve known,” said Hearst Corp. director Gilbert Maurer. “A man of great personal style, he intuitively knew what good looked like and his work at Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar reflected that acute sensibility.”
A recipient of numerous awards in the art direction and design fields, Mazzola was inducted as a Knight Officer of the Order of Merit by the Republic of Italy in 1967. He also served as a consultant and designer for such organizations as the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Association of Junior Leagues International, Princess Marcella Borghese Inc., General Foods, Columbia Pictures Inc. and the New York World’s Fair of 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Morgan Mazzola, who worked with him at Hearst for over 45 years, and three children, Alisa Mazzola Mitchell, Marc Mazzola and Tony Mazzola. He is also survived by five grandchildren.
There will be a private funeral in Indiana, and a memorial in New York at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York or mskcc.org/giving.