British Vogue's Alexandra Shulman, who has served as the magazine's editor in chief for 25 years, will be stepping down this June. The news was announced in a press release Wednesday by Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Condé Nast Britain.
“This is an announcement I hoped never to have to make," said Coleridge. "She has edited the title for a quarter of its existence, through its period of highest ever circulation, and its simultaneous transformation into a global digital brand. She has been the towering figure of the British fashion press throughout her tenure: a superb journalist and editor, who understands and exemplifies every quality."
Shulman is the longest-serving editor at the magazine, having become editor-in-chief in 1992, just four years after Anna Wintour joined American Vogue. She began her career at Tatler in 1982, later writing for titles that included The Sunday Telegraph and British GQ, where she was named editor in 1990.
By her departure, Shulman will have edited more than 300 issues of British Vogue, with circulation reportedly growing 12 percent since her arrival. She's remained a fierce advocate for body positivity and eating disorder awareness within the fashion industry, most recently speaking out against the designers that refused to dress Ashley Graham for her January 2017 British Vogue cover.
Beyond the Vogue fold, she has received no shortage of industry recognition: In 2005, she was granted the Order of the British Empire, and in 2013, was included in BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the U.K.
"I have edited British Vogue for 25 years almost to the day, and to have steered it during our spectacular centenary has been one of the greatest privileges," said Shulman in a statement. "During that time I have worked with an unparalleled collection of talent both inside and outside the magazine and have been lucky enough to see both Vogue and the British fashion industry expand and flourish."
As for why she's stepping down now, Shulman simply said: "It has been very hard to find a rational reason to leave what is unquestionably a fascinating and rewarding role but last autumn I realised that I very much wanted to experience a different life and look forward to a future separate to Vogue."