Vanessa Friedman

Vanessa Friedman

Fashion Director & Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times

Her amusing and intelligent discourse on the business of fashion and luxury has made her a well-respected industry authority.

United States Media 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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Her amusing and intelligent discourse on the business of fashion and luxury has made her a well-respected industry authority.

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Biography

Vanessa Friedman is the Fashion Director & Chief Fashion Critic of The New York Times. Previously, she was fashion editor of the Financial Times, a position created in 2003 after the newspaper decided to invest in regular fashion coverage. 

"Everyone gets up in the morning and they make a decision about what they’re going to put on their bodies. Therefore, it is something that we should look at and think about," she told The Cut. "Increasingly as information gets conveyed visually, whether it’s by a picture on a phone or online, the choices you make about what you put on are more important. So our attitude is, 'Let’s look at this, let’s think about why we’re making these choices, and what they mean, and what they can say to everybody else, and talk about it.'"

Friedman is widely acclaimed for her direct and pragmatic approach to the industry, as well as her incisive commentary on the socio-political ramifications of the role of fashion in today’s society. Her pragmatic attitude to the industry stems from her belief that fashion reflects and inherent aspect of the human psyche.

Career

  • The New York Times
    The New York Times

    Incoming Fashion Director & Chief Fashion Critic 2014 - Present

  • Financial Times
    Financial Times

    Outgoing Fashion Editor 2002 - 2014, London, UK

  • InStyle Magazine
    InStyle Magazine

    InStyle UK 2000 - 2002, London, United Kingdom

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