Ghanaian born and London based fashion legend, Edward Enninful, has been confirmed as the newest Editor-in-chief of British Vogue. He is pegged to assume the post in August succeeding Alexandra Schulman.
Born to a Ghanaian army officer and a seamstress, Edward is the youngest person ever to become a Fashion Director when he assumed the position at i-D at just 18 years old. Edward’s story in fashion begun when he was scouted as a model in London at 16 years old by Simon Foxton.
He has worked for Italian Vogue, American Vogue, W Magazine and many other prestigious fashion houses. At W, he assisted the magazine with a 16.7% increase in advertisement after he took over at a time when the recession was hitting the company hard.
Edward has been known in his circles for being controversial and shaking up the industry with his own special advocacy for diversity. His work with black models such as Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek was something he did intentionally to disrupt the white-out of the global fashion industry. In 2016, Enninful was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire as a testament to the diversity he adds to the fashion industry.
He is not only the first male editor in the long history of Vogue but also the first black editor of a main stream fashion magazine in Britain.
We can be assured that under the tutelage of Edward Enninful, the fashion industry in Britain will definitely be more inclusive and diverse.