Edward Enninful took over as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue in August 2017, and in December 2020 was promoted to European Editorial Director of Vogue.
Prior to this, Edward was Creative and Fashion Director of the American magazine W since 2011, where he worked with the world’s best fashion photographers to produce ground-breaking, highly admired work. His experience as a fashion editor dates back to 1991 when he was named Fashion Director of the avant-garde British title i-D at the age of 19, a position he held for more than 20 years. In the years between 1998 and 2011 he contributed extensively to American Vogue and Italian Vogue.
Born in Ghana 50 years ago, one of six children, Enninful was brought to London as a child and grew up in the city’s Ladbroke Grove area. He became interested in fashion as a teenager when he was scouted as a fashion model. He displayed a talent for fashion styling which led the then Editor of I-D, Terry Jones, to appoint Enninful as the magazine’s fashion director, the youngest in the industry. He attended Goldsmith’s, University of London, well known for its art programmes, but left before graduation in order to plunge full-time into a fashion editing career.
In 2014 he was named fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council, he was honored with an OBE in 2016 for Services to Diversity in the Fashion industry, and in 2018 he was awarded the Media Award by the Council of Fashion Designers America and the PPA Chairman’s Award for his remarkable career. In 2019, Enninful was honored by The Daily Front Row for Magazine of the Year at the Fashion Media Awards, named in the Evening Standard’s top 20 most influential Londoners of 2019 and awarded the Business of Fashion Global VOICES Award. In 2020, Edward received the People Honouree Award at the 2020 British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards for his outstanding contribution to diversity. In 2021 the British Fashion Council again recognised Enninful at the Fashion Awards as one of their Leaders of Change and he received the Editor’s Editor Award at the 2021 BSME Awards. In October 2021, Edward was named as a Global Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust Group during a dinner hosted by The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle. At the British LGBT Awards in June 2022 Enninful received the Global Media Trailblazer award.
In September 2022, Enninful’s memoir, A Visible Man, will be published by Bloomsbury.