Fashion People for $400, Please: Cathy Horyn

Name: Cathy Horyn

Born: 1956 in Coshocton, Ohio

Education: Undergrad from Barnard College; Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.


  • 1986-1990: Fashion writer for The Detroit News
  • 1990-1995: Fashion reporter for The Washington Post
  • 1998: Cathy begins her career at The New York Times as a fashion reporter (in the interim, Ms. Horyn worked at Vanity Fair as a contributing fashion & entertainment editor)
  • 1999: Cathy becomes the fashion critic at The New York Times
  • 2001: Cathy is awarded The Eugenia Sheppard Award for fashion writing

Aesthetic: Cathy Horyn tends to appreciate pieces that are commercially viable but push the envelope developmentally; Ghesquiere’s early Balenciaga work and Lagerfeld for Chanel are particular favorites. She also favors a playfulness in fashion (a la Marc Jacobs), and often rejects uninspired minimalism.

Known For: Her runway reviews are brutally honest; so much so, she’s been banned from several shows after negative write-ups. Horyn was most notably in a very public feud with Giorgio Armani regarding “unnecessarily sarcastic comments” on his Spring 2008 collection.

Site: NYT archive


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