Who is Edward Enninful?
Born on 22 February 1972 in Ghana, Enninful moved to the UK with his parents and five siblings as a young child, setting up home in Ladbroke Grove, west London. Aged 16, he was scouted by stylist Simon Foxton, who introduced him to the world of fashion as a model.
While modelling, Enninful caughtthe eye of Trish and Terry Jones, the founders of i-Dmagazine, and assisted on fashion shoots at the publication. At 18, while studying atGoldsmiths, University of London, he was appointed fashion director at i-D, launching him into the fashion stratosphere. As the youngest fashion director for a publication, he developed his reputation for producing groundbreaking shoots which captured the energy of the 90s’ creative playground. During this period he formed firm friendships with many of his lifelong collaborators, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. He stayed with i-D for two decades before moving to Cond Nasts W magazine as style director in 2011.
As a stylist, Enninful has worked on countless campaigns for high-fashion houses, including Lanvin, Carolina Herrera and Tiffany & Co, and has held contributing editor positions on the American and Italian editions of Vogue. At the latter, he worked with its late editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani to produce the top-selling 2008 Black Issue, which featured only black celebrities and models.
On 10 April 2017, Cond Nast announced Enninful would succeed Alexandra Shulman as editor-in-chief of British Vogue, making him the first man to edit the UK edition. A strong advocate of diversity in the industry, Enninful has spoken of his desire to promote greater racial inclusivity in Vogue. Given his A-list contacts book and background as a stylist, many have speculated he will produce a more visually led publication with a heavy celebrity presence.
What others say
‘By virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue,’ his new boss, chief executive Jonathan Newhouse, said, adding that he is ‘an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music, which shape the cultural zeitgeist’.
In his own words
‘I grew up reading British Vogue I am so honoured and humbled to be taking up the mantle of editor,’ he said in an interview with the publication, revealing that he was ‘most excited to tell my father about my appointment’.