Meet the man that is responsible for bringing you that transformational All Black Issue of Vogue Italia and Naomi Campbell in lux African print fashions in W magazine.
Born in Ghana and raised in Britain, Edward Enninful has made it his mission to complicate the accepted aesthetic of high-end fashion. Fashion is in his blood! Inspired by his mother who worked as a seamstress creating clothing for her British-Ghanaian friends, he developed his own sense of style early on. At the age of 16 he was discovered by famed British stylish Simon Foxton, he modeled only briefly and by the following year he was assisting Beth Summers, then fashion director of i-D magazine. At 18, he was awarded the fashion director position at i-D making him the youngest ever fashion director for an international publication.
In the late 1990s he became a contributing editor to Italian Vogue working under editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and photographer Steven Meisel. He broke major ground in protest against high-end fashion’s obsession with skinny white models when he perfectly pulled together the “Black Issue” featuring only black models, including Naomi Campbell, Iman, Alek Wek, Alva Chinn, Sessilee Lopez, Ubah, Kiara Kabakubu, Noemie Lenoir, Vernoica Webb, Arlenis Sosa, Liya Kebede, Karen Alexander, Iman, Yasmin Warsame, Jourdan Dunn, Gail O’Neill, Chanel Iman, Toccara Jones and Tyra Banks. As if that was not enough he smashed through glass ceilings again by producing an all plus size issue with featuring Candice Huffine, Tara Lynn and Robyn Lawley.
In 2006, he became a contributing fashion editor for American Vogue and moved on to Fashion and Style-Director of W magazine in 2011. At 39 years old he certainly has made his mark in the fashion world. ‘Til date he is still Fashion Editor at Large of Japanese Vogue and i-D magazine. When major fashion houses need an expert for their runway shows and advertising campaigns they call on him. Not too shabby for a man who is usually the lone African in a sea of faces unlike his own.
Here’s a peek into Enninful’s amazing styling capabilities and creative eye.