Babs Simpson, who has died aged 105, was trend editor of Vogue from 1947 to 1972, working with the editors Edna Woolman Chase, Carmel Snow, Jessica Daves, after which Diana Vreeland; identified for her understated but authoritative style, she was equally understated about her non-public life.
In some ways she may need been from central casting. Small, fierce, and pithily opinionated, her 5 ft 3 in physique topped with a no-fuss coiffure, Babs Simpson maintained her ramrod straight posture and class into previous age by a rigorous regime of pilates and coaching periods with a triathlete.
At Vogue she championed the minimal look lengthy earlier than it grew to become modern, one in every of her assistants within the 1950s recalling…
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