Beatriz Feitler, was a Brazilian designer and art director best known for her work in Harper's Bazaar, Ms., Rolling Stone and the premiere issue of the modern Vanity Fair.
Feitler was born in Rio de Janeiro, where her parents fled to from World War II Europe. She studied and lived for most of her working life in the United States where she graduated from Parson's School of Design. Back in Brazil after her graduation in 1959, she collaborated with the design of Senhor magazine and founded together with the cartoonist Jaguar, Estudio G: an art studio specialized in album covers, posters and book design. Amongst her most important works of this period are the book covers made for Editora do Autor, a brief publishing enterprise of the authors Fernando Sabino and Rubem Braga.
In 1961 Feitler returned to the United States where she was hired as an art assistant at Harper's Bazaar by her former teacher at Parsons, Marvin Israel, becoming co-art director of the magazine along with Ruth Ansel only two years later. In 1972 Feitler left Harper's Bazaar and joined Gloria Steinem in Ms. magazine, where she would remain until 1974. After this period Feitler started giving classes at the School of Visual Arts (an activity that would last until 1980) and worked on several freelance projects like posters and costumes for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, ad campaigns for Christian Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Bill Haire and Calvin Klein, and record jackets including the album Black and Blue by the Rolling Stones. In 1975, thanks to the insistence of Annie Leibovitz, Feitler started working for Rolling Stone, beginning her six-year association with the magazine which would lead her to redesigning its format twice.
Illness and death
Feitler's final project was the premiere issue of the revived Vanity Fair. At that time she had undergone surgery twice to treat a rare form of cancer and had been undergoing chemotherapy for several months already. Although she approved the mechanicals, after completing the issue she went back home to Brazil and did not live to see it published.