Edward Enniful, A Diversity Pioneer In the Fashion Industry
Working in fashion gives you a finger on the pulse of the times that we live in. - Edward Enninful
On April 10, 2017, Edward Enninful OBE was named Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue. Enninful will be the first male and first black editor in the magazine's history.
The achievement is well deserved as Enninful has been an innovator in the industry his entire life. Enninful got his start in fashion at the age of 16, after being spotted by a model scout on the London Underground. Enninful started working with photographer/founder of the British magazine i-D, shooting campaigns during the its early stages. About two years later, Enninful became the fashion director of i-D, the youngest ever fashion director of an international publication. His work at i-D not only laid the groundwork for his legacy, but helped revitalize the British fashion world, giving birth to the Grunge movement in the 1990s.
Another notable Enninful accomplishment is his work as contributing editor at Vogue Italia. He is responsible for the powerful (and controversial) July 2008 Black issue. The vibrant issue featured only Black models and was so successful that Conde Nast had to print 40,000 more copies.
Enninful's work on diversity inclusion in the fashion industry has gained him many awards, including the appointment of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (hence the OBE at the end of his name).
Enninful's appointment as editor of British Vogue is one that has the industry extremely excited for the bodies of work he will produce. His keen attention to detail and an innate ability to incorporate all walks of life into his work will bring a refreshing perspective to the British Vogue brand.
His appointment is also a nod to black people who work, or aspiring to work, in the fashion industry. Enninful's work and accomplishments exude multiplicity, sophistication, and optimism.
Congratulations, and thank you.