Lucinda Chambers quits as British Vogue fashion director
British Vogue’s fashion director Lucinda Chambers is to step down from the role this summer just as her boss of a quarter of a century Alexandra Shulman leaves the media title.
Chambers said of her 36-year time there: “I adore British Vogue and am so very proud to have been a part of it for so long.”
No reason was given for her decision to leave although her departure will coincide with the arrival of Edward Enninful, the first first male editor in British Vogue’s history. He has a history as a hands-on fashion director rather than as a more mainstream journalist like Shulman.
Chambers started at Condé Nast in 1980 in the accounts department, but later moved into Vogue editorial and was at one point assistant to then-fashion director Grace Coddington. She took over that role herself at the same time as Shulman joined as editor-in-chief.
Shulman said in a statement on Vogue’s website Wednesday that "Lucinda has been the most wonderful creative collaborator, as well as friend, throughout my whole editorship.” She also said that she has produced “many of the most influential and inspiring fashion shoots in the world during her time as fashion director of this magazine as well as a huge number of our most remarkable covers.”
Chambers has been known particularly for her strong working relationship with star photographers, including Mario Testino, with whom she has produced many memorable editorials.
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