This weekend, news of writer/editor Ingrid Sischy’s death at the age of 63 stunned the fashion and art worlds.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but raised in Edinburg, Scotland, Sischy died of breast cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center last Friday.
Along with her spouse Sandra Brant, Sischy was an international editor at Condé Naste, lending her discerning editorial eye to German Vogue and the French, Spanish, and Italian versions of Vanity Fair. At the American Vanity Fair, she was a contributing editor for nearly two decades, and demonstrated her unyielding talent during an epic 18-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Interview.
In a moving obituary published in Vanity Fair, editor-in-chief Graydon Carter remembered his friend:
“Not once did I ever hear her complain about the fate she had been dealt. Or even talk about it much. She just got on with things. There were so many aspects of her character to admire, but I found her saucy, cheerful stoicism to be highly attractive… She could write about anything, but what interested her most were art and fashion, and she traversed those two hothouses like a bemused empress. She had a crisp mind and an almost uncanny focus when she sat down to write.”