Edward Enninful has been announced as the new Editor of British Vogue. He will take up the role on 1 August, replacing Alexandra Shulman, who is the longest serving Editor of the magazine, having held the position for 25 years.
Edward began his career in fashion in the 80s, modelling in the pages of i-D at 16, assisting on shoots at 17, and becoming the youngest ever editor at a major fashion magazine when he was names i-D's Fashion Editor at 18, and Fashion Director at 19 years old, a role he held for 20 years. Edward went on to be the Fashion and Style Director of W Magazine, and a contributing editor to the Italian and American editions of Vogue. He was awarded an OBE for services to diversity in June 2016.
Reacting to the announcement, i-D founder Terry Jones and Original Mum Tricia Jones say, "We're super delighted with this appointment and feel sure that Edward will give British Vogue a fresh-eyed view of fashion from his contemporary global perspective. He's brilliant at leading a team and getting the best results from everyone he works with. 25 years of experience working with the top divas in the fashion industry have earned him huge respect, love and recognition. He's stylish, he's beautiful and he's full of ideas -- in his new role we know he will continue to inspire the next generation of sensitive, creative individuals. We love him and wish him well! T & T x".
In a statement about Enninful's appointment, Condé Nast chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse describes him as "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".
Throughout his long career in fashion, Edward has become known in the industry as an important champion of diversity. His appointment at British Vogue will be welcome news to the many industry voices who criticised the magazine for its lack of diversity. Edward has long championed a diverse range of British and international models, including Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn, the only black models to appear solo on the cover of British Vogue in recent years.
In response to the increasingly fraught situation for immigrants in Trump's America, Edward recently created the moving video project I Am An Immigrant, gathering huge names from the worlds of fashion, music and film to show the vital creative input of people who are immigrants in the US.
Congratulations Edward, from the entire i-D family. We know you'll be the best editor British Vogue has ever seen!
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Wolfgang Tillmans