Vogue's Evolutionary Change with Edward Enninful

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As it's been well-reported, Edward Enninful has been appointed new Editor of British Vogue, and is effectively beginning the role in August this year. Enninful’s climb to the top of the magazine powerhouse, began with becoming the youngest creative director at the age of eighteen for i-D magazine, working heavily alongside Vogue USA and Italy in the early 2000s. Enninful also held W Magazine on his back, boosting profits for the magazine with his revolutionary ideas. Enninful's creative flair helped award him an OBE in recognition of his influence in the fashion industry.

In its hundred year reign, Vogue has never seen a man take chair on its editing throne. With wealthy white women usually guiding its uniform content into its five-hundred page prints, Vogue has previously remained loyal to its avoidance of cultural diversity. A refreshing vibe of relevant edginess expected to embroider Vogue’s usual consistency, as Edward’s vision of creativity revolves around urban sophistication and embracing cultural difference. 

It is certainly a surprise to see a person of colour rise to hierarchy in an industry swarmed with inequality, yet, it now gives minorities a welcoming hand to high-end fashion, in a personally relatable way. Young creatives whose parents are not the affluent and experienced, are rarely given the chance to climb the ladder of success. But, seeing someone who was once in their own shoes take on a leading role in the industry, strikes as inspirational. Take ASBO’s fashion director for example, a man of mixed heritage and who’s also openly gay.

In an industry ridden with social difference, 2017 is promising a year of diversity for fashion, with influential minorities bringing forward ideas that have been pushed to the back of the shelf. The youth of today may now be able to connect with high-end fashion in Vogue, embracing the evolution of Enninful’s new reign.

Ash Allibhai