To understand the power of Edward Enninful’s vision, consider the May issue of British Vogue, the magazine he’s been Editor-in-Chief of since August 2017. The cover stars Halima Adez and Adut Akech, both from the same Kenya refugee camp, Radhika Nair, Fran Summers, Yoon Young Bae, Faretta, Vittoria Ceretti, Paloma Elsesser and Selena Forrest. The diverse casting is breaking boundaries and captures the way fashion is changing. And Enninful is at the forefront of that change. “One of the great positives of the past few months,” Enninful writes in his Editor’s Letter for the issue, “is that the fashion industry finally embracing a concept that has defined my entire working life: diversity. When I say diversity, I want to be clear that it is never just about black and white for me. It’s about diversity across the board – whether that’s race, size, socio-economic background, religion, sexuality.”
He developed the vision during his impressive career. Born in Ghana and raised in London’s Ladbroke Grove area, Enninful started as a model before creating memorable, groundbreaking work for i-D, which named him fashion director when he was 19, Italian Vogue, American Vogue, and W magazine. He is the first to admit that he lives and breathes fashion. He has been at the heart of the industry for over 25 years, his circle including true fashion influencers such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Pat McGrath, all of whom are as much part of fashion history as they are fashion’s future. As he writes in his letter, “As a new mood begins to take hold – one that will only enrich and enliven creativity in fashion – I also believe that the time has come for us to look forward. In short, it is a moment for Vogue to do what it has always done best: to offer a bold vision of what the future can – and should – look like.”
We can’t wait to find out.