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The role of a fashion journalist is not about writing articles, she is responsible for reporting fashion news, current trends, who wore what, introducing designers, stylists, and photographers to get inspiring stories for readers, conducting interviews, and the list goes all. It emphasizes the critical role played by fashion journalists in reporting fashion news, current trends, and inspiring stories to readers. The article concludes by recognizing the significant contributions of these fashion journalists in shaping the fashion industry and educating millions of people worldwide.
1. Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour, in full Dame Anna Wintour, (born November 3, 1949, London, England), British editor who, as the longtime editor in chief (1988) of American Vogue magazine, became one of the most powerful figures in fashion.
In 1988 Wintour replaced Grace Mirabella as editor in chief at American Vogue. Her Vogue covers began featuring prominent women (including actresses Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie and politician Hillary Clinton) rather than exclusively using models. Wintour was also known for her imperious demeanour, which was heightened by her propensity to sport dark sunglasses.
2. Suzy Menkes
A singular authority in a world of opinions, Suzy Menkes is one of fashion’s most informed, balanced and respected voices. It was announced in March 2014 that she would leave her role as style editor at The International New York Times, formerly known as The International Herald Tribune, to join Condé Nast International as the International Vogue Editor, reporting and contributing to all non-US Vogue websites.
Menkes worked for the The International Herald Tribune for 26 years and is remarkably popular in the industry given the critical nature of her job. Menkes was also a columnist for The New York Times T Magazine, where she famously argued that fashion’s relentless and increased calendar had negative ramifications for designers and their output.
3. Robin Givhan
Robin Givhan is a journalist and the fashion editor for the Washington Post. Givhan first joined the Post in 1995 and, after a short recess of 4 years, from 2010 and 2014, she joined the paper again to become one of the best well known fashion journalists in the industry. Her work has been recognized multiple times and, in 2006, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, the first time the award was given to a fashion writer. The Pulitzer Committee cited Givhan’s “witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.”
4. Franca Sozzani
Franca, an ageless 66, was born in Mantua. By 1980, she landed the editorship of Lei, aimed at young women, with Per Lui, its male counterpart, following in 1982. She transformed both these titles into showcases for the most dynamic trends in international fashion and lifestyle image-making.
In 1988, she was appointed Editor in Chief of Italian Vogue the same month that Anna Wintour was made the Editor in Chief at American Vogue. (By 1994, she was made Editor in Chief of Italian Condé Nast, enjoying great support from Jonathan Newhouse, the chairman of Condé Nast International.) Franca immediately shook up the formulaic title with dynamic covers and content, creating a magazine that, in her words, would be “extravagant, experimental, innovative.”
5. Venessa Friedman
Vanessa Friedman was named the fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times in March 2014. In this role she covers global fashion for both The New York Times and International New York Times.
Previously, Ms. Friedman was the inaugural fashion editor of the Financial Times, beginning in 2003. Before that, she was the fashion features director for InStyle UK, from 2000 to 2002. She also worked as a fashion correspondent for the FT, as an arts contributor at The Economist and was the European editor at American Elle. In addition she contributed regularly to Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly.
6. Liz Tilberis
Tilberis had spent 22 years at British Vogue starting out as an intern under the magazine’s mythic editor, Beatrix Miller, in the late 1960s, eventually rising through the ranks to fashion director. In 1987, after Miller’s successor Anna Wintour decamped for the United States to oversee Condé Nast’s House & Garden (soon renamed HG in an effort to reenergize the title), Tilberis herself was named editor of British Vogue.
Under Tilberis, Bazaar was once again a creative force to be reckoned with. The magazine had always been blessed with great art directors, but Baron was the first since Brodovitch to fundamentally change the face of fashion photography and magazine design.
In conclusion, fashion journalism is a critical part of the fashion industry, and it plays an essential role in reporting fashion news, current trends, and inspiring stories to readers. The fashion industry has seen the emergence of many famous fashion journalists, including Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Robin Givhan, Franca Sozzani, Vanessa Friedman, and Liz Tilberis. They have inspired and educated millions of people worldwide, making fashion journalism an essential part of the fashion industry. Their contributions have helped shape the fashion industry into what it is today, and their impact will continue to be felt in the years to come.