By Kenneth Richard | The Impressionist
Fashion lost one of its most beloved devotees today as Ingrid Sischy, 63, former editor in chief of Interview Magazine, passed this morning due to breast cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Sischy was an innovator with her finger on the pulse and widely known for her curiosity and enthusiasm for fashion and the art world. Her highly regarded point of view and first on the scene profiles helped launch the careers of the likes of Azzedine Alaia, Alexander McQueen, and Miuccia Prada.
Sischy was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland locating to New York, where she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, later becoming an editor of Art Forum from 1979 to 1987. In 1988 Sischy joined the New Yorker, where she remained a photography and fashion critic until 1996.
Her fashion leadership role was solidified while serving as editor of Interview magazine from 1989 to 1998, where she worked with her spouse, Interview Magazine President and Publisher, Sandra Brant. Together the pair helped to catapult Andy Warhol’s publication to become an international leader in spotlighting innovators of art, film, fashion, and more.
Since 1997 Sischy had been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, covering a range of stories on celebrities such as Madonna and Nicole Kidman, as well as designer profiles from Alexander McQueen to the recent feature on the return of John Galliano. She had a witty, touching and humane way of engaging both her subjects and her readers, often giving them both insight into themselves and the world around them.
Sischy returned to Interview Magazine for a short stay in 2008, moving on to become an international editor of Condé Nast International, contributing to German Vogue, French Vanity Fair, Spanish Vanity Fair and Italian Vanity Fair.
Her humor, twinkling eyes, and intelligence were only matched by her zest for life and its arts. She paved the way for writers, bloggers and passionate fans of life everywhere and will be very sorely missed.
She is survived by her mother Claire, brother David Sischy, and her spouse Brant. Donations may be made in Sischy’s memory to the Studio Museum in Harlem and City Critters of New York. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.