Atterley, British Vogue , Strategic adviser, former editor-in-chief
Alexandra Shulman started her career working in the music industry and then moved into publishing as a secretary on women’s lifestyle magazine Over 21. She began working as a journalist on Tatler in 1980 and left in 1986 to become women’s editor on The Sunday Telegraph. She returned to magazines as features editor of Vogue in 1988 and became the first female editor of a monthly men’s magazine, at GQ in the UK in 1990. In 1992, Shulman became editor-in-chief of British Vogue, where she stayed for 25 years until June 2017.
During that time, Shulman launched an annual Vogue festival, oversaw the launch of the title’s digital channels, including Vogue.co.uk and Vogue video content, and took the sales of the magazine both domestically and internationally to record highs.
In 2007, she was awarded an OBE for services to fashion journalism, and in 2018 a CBE for services to magazines.
Shulman has also written two novels, Can We Still Be Friends and The Parrots, both published by Penguin’s Fig Tree imprint, and a memoir of the centenary year preparations for British Vogue, Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year. Her latest book, Clothes … and Other Things That Matter was published in Spring 2020 by Octopus books.
She writes a weekly notebook for the Mail on Sunday and is known as a commentator on female leadership, fashion and contemporary style. Since 2020, she has been strategic adviser to fashion online marketplace Atterley. Shulman has acted as a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
She is now working as a journalist, consultant, speaker and working on a new non-fiction book. She is a vice-president of The London Library.
Shulman has a son, Samuel, and lives with her partner, David Jenkins, in London.