{alt missing}

Kate Phelan

Fashion Director, British Vogue

Kate Phelan's Live Mosaic

What is the BoF 500?

The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.

Biography

Kate Phelan is a contributing editor to British Vogue and one of Britain’s most esteemed stylists. At the top of her game Phelan has worked with almost everyone and, along with another Kate, is responsible for crafting a modern British aesthetic, recognised globally. In 2011 she became creative director of Topshop, until stepping down in August 2017.

Having been captivated as a child by British Vogue, Phelan moved to London in 1984 to study fashion communications at Central St Martins. A three-month work placement at Vogue became a fulltime job as a fashion assistant, a role she would stay in for three years, when she left to become senior fashion editor at Marie Claire.

In 1993 Alexandra Shulman , the newly appointed editor of British Vogue, asked Phelan to return to the title, Phelan accepted, she would go on to be co-creative director with Lucinda Chambers for 18 years, leaving to join Topshop in 2012. “I had achieved so many of my dreams but I wanted to know if I could survive without Vogue as it had carried me all my working life. I needed to take the risk."

Phelan successfully transferred her fresh, insouciant take on British dressing, to Topshop, styling and directing the collections and brand imagery. Phelan’s affiliation with the retailer has awarded it a legitimacy in the industry previously unheard of for a mass retailer.

However, a part of Phelan’s heart still belongs to Vogue; it was announced in 2013 that concurrent to her duties at Topshop, Phelan would return to Vogue, in a “part-time, yet significant role.”

In August 2017, it was announced Phelan would be stepping down from her role at Topshop. 

Career

Topshop Topman

Topshop Topman

Creative Director

2011 - Present

London, United Kingdom

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

Fashion Director, British Vogue

1993 - Present

London, United Kingdom

Marie Claire Magazine

Marie Claire Magazine

1990 - 1993

London, United Kingdom

Share This Profile

Vital Statistics

Born
1964
Nationality

United Kingdom

Location
United Kingdom

Honours

Similar Profiles

Angelica Cheung

Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China

Grace Coddington

Creative-Director-At-Large, Vogue US

Grace Wales Bonner

Designer, Wales Bonner

Katie Grand

Editor-in-Chief, Love Magazine

BoF 500
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TARGET