Pat McGrath Joins British 'Vogue' as Beauty Editor-at-Large

Fellow industry heavy-hitters Guido Palau, Sam McKnight, Charlotte Tilbury and Val Garland have also signed on as contributing beauty editors.
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Karen Elson, Pat McGrath and Amber Valletta at the 2017 CFDA Awards in New York City. Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for LIFEWTR

Karen Elson, Pat McGrath and Amber Valletta at the 2017 CFDA Awards in New York City. Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for LIFEWTR

Since Edward Enninful was tapped to replace Alexandra Shulman at British Vogue, it sure seems like the newly minted editor-in-chief has been on one hell of a mission to bring the entirety of the British fashion industry on-staff. Before his official start date next month, the W Magazine alumnus has already brought on his friends Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Steve McQueen as contributing editors, and Grace Coddington, a British Vogue alumna herself, as a contributor. And with Shulman's long-time fashion director, Lucinda Chambers, having stepped down, he's already working his magic with the publication's fashion arm, appointing Venetia Scott last month. Now, he's turning his attention to the beauty department. 

Announced on Monday, Enninful's latest hires come via a team of beauty heavy-hitters, with Pat "Mother" McGrath leading the pack as British Vogue's new beauty editor-at-large. Acclaimed makeup artists and hair stylists Guido Palau, Sam McKnight, Charlotte Tilbury and Val Garland have also signed on as contributing beauty editors.

"It is an honor to be part of my dear friend Edward's vision for British Vogue," said McGrath in a statement. "Throughout my career, I've had the good fortune to work closely with the world's best designers, stylists, photographers, models and creative professionals. Now I'm thrilled to be part of this extraordinary team at Vogue; pushing the boundaries of beauty and artistry, while honoring the past and the esteem of this prestigious publication."

If we weren't absolutely positive that Enninful's British Vogue will be quite a different book than Shulman's, a release confirmed a number of additional appointments across all sections of the magazine. Johan Svensson, formerly the design director of W and art director of Vogue Paris, will join British Vogue as creative director, while model and activist Adwoa Aboah joins as contributing editor. W's former photography director Caroline Wolff has been appointed editor-at-large.

The fashion department continues to fill out, as well. Stylist Poppy Kain will serve as senior fashion editor and Jack Borkett as fashion editor, while Kate Phelman remains as senior contributing fashion editor. Newly named contributing fashion editors include stylist Jane How, former fashion director-at-large at T Magazine Joe McKnenna, former men's editor of Pop Max Pearmain, stylist and fashion consultant Clare Richardson, W contributor Sarah Richardson and Marie-Amélie Sauvé, editor of Mastermind. 

"All inspirational and highly regarded in their individual fields, I'm really excited to see my vision for the British Vogue team come to fruition," said Enninful in the release. "I'm very much looking forward to working with everyone on forthcoming issues."

Safe to say that British Vogue's masthead is in dire need of a redesign. 

Note: This story has been updated to include a quote from McGrath.

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