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Colin McDowell

Fashion Writer

The seasoned British fashion critic and journalist has spent decades writing for major publications, writing fashion tomes, and supporting young designers.

United Kingdom Media 2013 BoF 500 2013


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Acclaimed fashion commentator Colin McDowell is one of the most influential and internationally respected figures within the global fashion community. Through his position as chief fashion writer of The Sunday Times Style and as founder and creative director of the Fashion Fringe initiative, McDowell has played an integral role in the support and growth of the fashion industry and in 2008 was awarded an MBE by the Queen in recognition of his achievements.

McDowell’s longstanding career in fashion has seen him work for over ten years with famed Italian couturier Pino Lancetti in a design capacity, as well as publish several books including the widely distributed McDowell’s Directory of 20th Century Fashion, which serves as a standard reference book for fashion students. As a reporter for The Sunday Times Style - a position held for over 20 consecutive years - McDowell quickly became one of the leading voices within the fashion industry, covering well-read reviews on international fashion weeks and boasting a regular ‘Fashion Moments’ column.

The celebrated reporter also held a series of interviews with noted industry players such as John Galliano, Mario Testino and Alexander McQueen. McDowell’s Fashion Fringe initiative, founded in collaboration with talent management group IMG in 2004, has also helped support over 17 emerging brands in Britain such as Erdem, Basso and Brooke, Fyodr Golan and Corrie Nielson.


  • The Sunday Times
    The Sunday Times

    Fashion Writer 1986 - Present, London, United Kingom

  • Pino Lancetti
    Pino Lancetti

    Rome, Italy

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