LONDON, United Kingdom — Lucinda Chambers, the fashion director of British Vogue, has announced that she will leave the publication after 36 years at the title, this summer.
The move follows an announcement in January that British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman will also step down, and comes before incoming editor-in-chief Edward Enninful begins his new role in August.
"Lucinda has been the most wonderful creative collaborator, as well as friend, throughout my whole editorship. She has produced many of the most influential and inspiring fashion shoots in the world during her time as fashion director of this magazine as well as a huge number of our most remarkable covers,” said Shulman in a statement on the British Vogue website.
“It is impossible to overstate her vision, commitment, imagination and her ability to bring the best out of teams that work with her. I, like her many admirers, will be excited to see what she produces in her next chapter.”
"I adore British Vogue and am so very proud to have been a part of it for so long," added Chambers.
She began working for Vogue in the 1980s, assisting in the accounts department, which led to her becoming the assistant to the then fashion director Grace Coddington. Chambers was appointed to the role of fashion director in 1992, when Shulman became editor-in-chief.
In addition to her role at British Vogue, Chambers was a long-time creative consultant for Marni, helping turn the Italian house into an fully-fledged ready-to-wear fashion house.
According to sources, this may be just the first in a number of personnel changes to come as British Vogue evolves ahead of Enninful's arrival.