Jessica Diehl is Creative Director at Vanity Fair and the force behind Caitlyn Jenner ’s cover shoot – arguably the most memorable magazine cover of the year. Diehl has been highly celebrated for the cover’s huge contribution to fashion’s discussion of the transgender community. Not only did Diehl keep the cover under wraps until its powerful release, she also executed it with both taste and class. In Diehl’s role at Vanity Fair she is responsible for styling all cover shoots and is responsible for all celebrity shoots featured in the publication.
Diehl’s fashion career began as a model, walking the shows for one season in Paris. Whilst modelling wasn’t for her, Diehl did however discover she had a real interest in the fashion industry and she began interning in the fashion cupboard at American Marie Claire where she stayed for seven months. After a brief stint at Allure magazine Diehl returned to Marie Claire working under Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. When her contract was terminated, Diehl’s hair stylist friend, Didier Malige, introduced her to his girlfriend, American Vogue’s creative director, Grace Coddington . After Coddington’s assistant left, she hired Diehl immediately.
Diehl went on to work at American Vogue for six years, three years as Coddington’s assistant and three as Sittings Editor. Diehl’s big break at the magazine came when she styled a story with Alicia Keys and photographer Norman Jean Roy. When Coddington encouraged Diehl to leave American Vogue to push her career forward, she introduced Diehl to Michael Robers — former Fashion and Style Director of Vanity Fair — who offered Diehl a job as Style Director at the publication. When Robers left the magazine, Diehl took over his role. She has been with Vanity Fair ever since and is especially focused on the magazine’s high profile celebrity shoots. In 2017 it was announced Diehl would become Creative Director at the magazine.