Tuesday 21 November 2017

Alexandra Shulman stepping down as editor of British Vogue after 25 years

Alexandra Shulman attends the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Alexandra Shulman attends the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Victoria Beckham (right) has instagrammed rather gushingly about Alexandra Shulman's book.
Alexandra Shulman attends the Gareth Pugh show as part of London Fashion Week at the BFC Tent on September 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson / Getty Images)
Editor-in-chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton is to appear on the cover of ‘Vogue. Photo: PA
Alexandra Shulman and Mario Testino attend the Mario Testino Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery on January 30, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Alexandra Shulman will be stepping down as editor of British Vogue.

The 56-year-old, who has been at the helm of the style bible for nearly 25 years, confirmed the news in a statement, saying she will wrap up her editing duties this summer.

Editor-in-chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Editor-in-chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman attends The Fashion Awards 2016 on December 5, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Much like her peer at American Vogue Anna Wintour, Shulman has become a figure both revered and feared in the British fashion industry. But she has boosted her profile among a more mainstream audience over the last 12 months both in a BBC documentary Inside Vogue and with appearances on Good Morning Britain.

While her legacy will be the successful production of the fashion magazine for more than two decades, she will be most remembered among many as the woman who convinced Kate Middleton feature on the cover last May in her only ever magazine spread.

Kate Middleton is to appear on the cover of ‘Vogue. Photo: PA
Kate Middleton is to appear on the cover of ‘Vogue. Photo: PA

In a statement released this morning, she confirmed she will be exiting the publication in May, but did not elaborate on her plans for life after Vogue and whether or not she would remain at Conde Nast in a different capacity (similarly, Wintour has been artistic director for the publisher since 2013).

"It has been very hard to find a rational reason to leave what is unquestionably a fascinating and rewarding role but last autumn I realised that I very much wanted to experience a different life and look forward to a future separate to Vogue," she explained in a statement.

"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."

"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," Shulman added, "but I know that nothing will be quite like the years I have spent at Vogue."

Victoria Beckham (right) has instagrammed rather gushingly about Alexandra Shulman's book.
Victoria Beckham (right) has instagrammed rather gushingly about Alexandra Shulman's book.

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