After 25 years at the helm of one of Britain’s most acclaimed publications since it was launched in 1916, held in high regard by fashionistas and budding bloggers alike who hope to one day grace its pages, British Vogue editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman, has made the decision to leave her role. Her career at Vogue draws to a timely close in Summer 2017.
Speaking about her departure on the morning of the 25th January, Shulman commented, “Although I have had months to acclimatise to the idea of leaving Vogue, it hasn’t made the moment of announcing this any less sad. I have been incredibly privileged to have been able to look after such a great magazine for so long and even more to have worked with so many people over those years who have made the experience so interesting and rich.”
Alexandra Shulman began her journey into the world of journalism working for Over 21 magazine. In 1982, she joined fashion and lifestyle magazine, Tatler. Over the course of the next five years, Alexandra would eventually work her way up to eventually hold the post of features editor. In 1987, she joined national newspaper the Sunday Telegraph, where she was named editor of the women’s pages. While working for the Sunday Telegraph, she moved to become deputy editor of the current affairs/photo reportage tabloid.
Alexandra’s career working for Vogue began in 1988, where she was warmly welcomed as a features editor, before leaving in February 1990 to begin working for GQ. After two short years, Alexandra returned to Vogue, and utilising her vast expertise in both the fashion and journalism worlds, has led the fashion magazine to the summit of the publication world ever since, through a number of great changes (both 80s and 90s fashion saw the popularity of some eye-opening trends, to say the least. Though it’s not too far off the truth to say some pieces have come back with a lease of new life!)
Under Alexandra’s watchful eye, in 2012, Vogue made a global pledge to only feature healthy models within its magazine, after a number of concerns were raised regarding stick thin models being used in previous shoots, a topic of much controversy and concern.
“It was difficult to decide to leave but 25 years is a very long time and I am tremendously excited that I will now look forward into a different future,” the London-born fashionista beams.
Ever grateful for her time spent working at Vogue, Alexandra adds, “but I know that nothing will be quite like the years I have spent at Vogue. Nicholas Coleridge and Jonathan Newhouse have given me the space to edit this important magazine in exactly the way I wanted to and for that, and of course the opportunity in the first place I am tremendously grateful. I will miss the people who surround me daily at Vogue House more than I can say and I am very pleased that I will be here for several months more concentrating on the next issues and new initiatives for this magazine that I love.”
In the hours that followed the announcement, tributes to Shulman’s career at Vogue poured in from all over the worlds of fashion and journalism. Speaking to the BBC, Welsh broadcaster and resident beauty columnist at the Guardian Weekend magazine, Sali Hughes described Alexandra as both “a brilliant and talented, dyed in the wool journalist” and a “warm, friendly and inclusive person – not the Vogue editor stereotype”.
Speaking about how Shulman has influenced her career, Sali cited, “As somebody who comes from a straight journalism background it has been extremely inspiring to me to have someone at the helm of Vogue who takes journalism and writing very seriously and applies journalistic principles to a subject matter many people had previously considered to be irrelevant and frivolous. There’s no reason a fashion magazine should be regarded with less respect than a publication covering another topic. She has made it a professional and respectable and insightful subject to write about.”
Discussing Alexandra’s contributions to Vogue, Nicholas Coleridge, Managing Director at the British branch of American mass media brand, Condé Nast, commented, “Alex has been the longest serving and most successful editor of Vogue in its 100-year history. She has edited the title for a quarter of its existence, through its period of highest ever circulation, and its simultaneous transformation into a global digital brand. She has been the towering figure of the British fashion press throughout her tenure: a superb journalist and editor, who understands and exemplifies every quality. Imaginative, hard-working, perceptive and a brilliant leader, Alex is also a valued friend to so many of us. It is impossible to sufficiently express the contribution she has made to Vogue, to Condé Nast and to the British fashion industry.”
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