Condé Nast has named Edward Enninful as the new Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, following the resignation of Alexandra Shulman, who will leave the publication after 25 years in June. Though Enninful was quietly mentioned among a list of fabled fashion names shortlisted, he was still largely considered an outsider by many for the coveted position.
Enninful’s appointment is a huge milestone for diversity in fashion journalism. The Ghanian-born aesthete will be the magazine’s first Black, male Editor-in-Chief.
Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse formally announced him as Alexandra Shulman's successor today, calling Enninful "an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist," adding that "by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”
Who Is Edward Enninful?
Edward Enninful has spent more than 25 years working in the industry. He started out as a model aged 16, before quickly switching to styling. By the time he was 18, he was the Fashion Director of i-D, making him the youngest ever fashion director of an international publication.
By the age of 22, Enninful was working for Calvin Klein on its advertising with Craig McDean and close friend and makeup artist Pat McGrath, and to date, he has consulted for numerous advertising campaigns and runway shows, including Comme des Garçons, Christian DioCeline, Lanvin, Valentino, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Gucci and many more.
Enninful is no stranger to Condé Nast either, having worked at Italian Vogue where he spearheaded the magazine’s infamous "Black Issue," which featured only black models, including Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and Alek Wek. The issue was so successful that Condé Nast had to print an extra 40,000 copies.
He also served as a contributing editor at American Vogue for five years, before moving on to W Magazine in 2011, where he was appointed Style & Fashion Director. Under Enninful's direction, W revived its industry appeal with riskier editorial.
Some of Enninful’s most provocative covers at W include the March 2012 cover shot by Steven Klein, featuring Kate Moss depicted as a nun, as well as another cover featuring singer Nicki Minaj dolled up as an 18th-century French courtesan.
Edward Enninful will start his new position on August 1.
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