Min Hogg, World of Interiors Editor, Dies at 80

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Mr. Coleridge added in a phone interview, “She lived in kind of Venn diagram of louche British aristocracy, louche Bahamian socialites and louche decorators.”

Ms. Hogg dated, among others, the British photographer Ray Rathbone, who died in 2017, and the director John Huston, whose 9-year-old daughter, the future actress Anjelica Huston, would clomp around in Ms. Hogg’s high heels and fishnet stockings.

“Min was the first really glamorous and modern woman I ever saw,” Ms. Huston said in a phone interview. “She was my first beatnik. She must have been in her early 20s, with a curtain of black hair to her waist. She wore miniskirts and kohl around her eyes and those fishnets, and I would just gaze and gaze at her.”

Georgina Rose Hogg was born in London on Sept. 28, 1938, to Sir James Cecil Hogg and Pollie (Dalby) Hogg. (Her mother’s first name is sometimes spelled Polly.) Her father was an ear, nose and throat specialist who counted royal family members among his patients. (How she acquired the nickname Min is unclear.)

After boarding school, Ms. Hogg attended what is now the Central Saint Martins school of art and design in London, where one of her professors was Terence Conran, the designer and later retailing magnate. His wife at the time, Caroline Conran, the home editor of Queen magazine, hired Ms. Hogg as a typist. Ms. Hogg went on to work at the British newspaper The Observer and as a photographer’s agent before returning to Harpers & Queen, as the magazine had been renamed, as its fashion editor. Her assistant was a young Anna Wintour, and the two famously did not get along.

“Anna rightly suspected that fashion was not my passion,” Ms. Hogg told London Magazine.

Though The World of Interiors had an influential readership, including Paloma Picasso, Jacqueline Onassis and Bill Blass, the magazine’s circulation was never large (it now has 55,091 subscribers). But it always punched above its weight, said Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Condé Nast. It remains a proud print stalwart in the digital age.

Ms. Hogg’s survivors include her brother, James Hogg.

For her, “originality of character always mattered more than splashy, cashy decorator schemes (though she included those, too),” Mr. Thomas, the current editor, said in an internal email to staff members. “It was a scintillating and hitherto unseen mix that was frequently imitated but never quite equaled.”


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