Queen’s Park’s Alexandra Shulman upgraded from OBE to CBE in New Year’s Honours

PUBLISHED: 17:15 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 02 January 2018

Alexandra Shulman, former editor-in-chief of British Vogue, who has been awarded a CBE (Picture: Ian West/PA)

Alexandra Shulman, former editor-in-chief of British Vogue, who has been awarded a CBE (Picture: Ian West/PA)

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British Vogue’s former editor who lives in Queen’s Park has received recognition for her services to fashion for the second time.

Alexandra Shulman has been awarded a CBE after previously receiving an OBE in 2005.

The 60-year-old held the reins at the iconic fashion publication for more than 25 years until she left last June.

She was the longest-serving and most successful editor of British Vogue, having been cited with increasing its circulation to record levels of around 200,000 during her time at the helm.

While there she became known for several memorable and collectable covers, including the memorial issue of the late Diana, Princess of Wales and a special edition gold cover featuring Kate Moss’s silhouette in 2000.

She also succeeded in securing the Duchess of Cambridge for the cover of the magazine’s centenary edition.

She was twice named “Editors’ Editor of the Year” by the British Society of Magazine Editors, in 2004 and 2017, and was formerly a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

The daughter of film critic Milton Shulman and writer and Vogue contributor Drusilla Beyfus, Ms Shulman started her career in fashion journalism at Tatler magazine in 1982.

In 1990 she was made the editor of British GQ magazine, and two years later she returned to take over the top role at the women’s fashion bible.

Ms Shulman, who has a son, is regarded as a champion of British designers and also women, refusing to put diet-related features in the magazine and for speaking out about eating disorders within the fashion industry.

A prolific writer she has been commissioned for articles for the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail, and in 2012 she published her first novel, Can We Still Be Friends?

In her last day at Vogue, she said that she wouldn’t miss “being in the office every Monday mornings - it will be a great treat to treat Sunday evening as a part of the weekend”.

Asked what she’d look forward to she added: “I’m looking forward most to doing some things I’ve never done before – meeting new people and feeling that I’m moving forward.

“I’m really looking forward to a sense of a future and it’s as amorphous as that - it’s really exciting.”


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