​diversity champion and i-D family member edward enninful is the new editor of british vogue

In the 80s, the British stylist became i-D's youngest ever Fashion Director at 19 years old. After working at W Magazine, as well as Italian and American Vogue, he'll soon replace Alexandra Shulman at the helm of British Vogue.

by Charlotte Gush
10 April 2017, 1:53pm

Edward Enninful has been announced as the new Editor of British Vogue. He will replace Alexandra Shulman, who is the longest serving Editor of the magazine, having held the position for 25 years. Edward's tenure begins in August. 

Edward began his career in fashion in the 80s. He modeled in the pages of i-D at 16, assisted on shoots at 17, and became the youngest ever editor at a major fashion magazine when he was named i-D's Fashion Editor at 18. At just 19-years-old, he became i-D's Fashion Director, 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.

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".

Look: Edward Enninful's most i-Conic i-D covers of the 90s

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 criticized 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!

Look: Edward Enninful's most i-Conic i-D covers of the 00s


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Wolfgang Tillmans

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