Born in Paris, France, Françoise Mouly studied architecture at Beaux Arts before moving to New York. She has been responsible for editing more than 1,000 magazine covers since becoming the art editor of the celebrated The New Yorker magazine, many of the covers have been chosen by the American Society of Magazine Editors as 'best cover of the year'. She has established herself as one of the most important and predominant figures in the world of illustration, exalting multiple artists on the covers she coordinates.
Mouly is the editorial director of TOON Books, a publisher of comics and visual storytelling for young readers. In 2017 she began publishing RESIST!, a giveaway comics and graphics newspaper co-published with her daughter, writer Nadja Spiegelman. Since 1980, Mouly has co-edited the groundbreaking RAW comic book anthology and the Little Lit series, which has been listed as New York Time’s bestseller.
She has received the Legion of Honor –the highest award conferred by the French state to a citizen–, and the Smithsonian Prize for her work in education, among many other awards that she has obtained throughout her life.