Lucinda Chambers: fashion director Vogue UK

Lucinda Chambers is fashion director at British Vogue. An esteemed figure in the fashion world, she has established a reputation as one of the world's best stylists and is admired for the personal approach and eclectic vision she brings to every shoot.
  • A self-confessed under achiever at school, Chambers' unconventional introduction to fashion came as she decided to abandon her secretarial ambitions and apply for an art course at Hornsey College of Art. 
  • During her time at college, she began to make jewellery as a sideline, selling her creations to friends and at Camden Lock Market on the weekends.
  • When one of her pieces made it on to the pages of a magazine, it inspired her to write a letter to Vogue, asking for an interview.
  • She initially assisted a Ms Davies in accounts, before a chance encounter with the PA to then-editor Beatrix Miller led to an interview, which in turn led to her becoming Miller's assistant.
  • After three years in this role, Chambers became assistant to Grace Coddington, of whom she says "was, and still is, the queen bee of fashion".
  • During her time as Coddington's assistant, Chambers struck up a professional friendship with photographer Mario Testino, which has lasted to this day and has produced some of the most iconic images of our generation.
  • After a brief stint at Elle magazine, Chambers returned to Vogue in July 1992 where she became fashion director.
  • Working with photographers such as Nick Knight, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and of course Mario Testino to name a few, she has shot the most famous faces of fashion and popular culture - including Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen, Cate Blanchett and Florence Welch. She describes herself as a mother figure to younger models these days, citing Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha Erichsen and Natalia Vodianova as among her favourites to work with.
  • Chambers has been quoted as saying: "I think you have to be quite bonkers to be a fashion editor."
  • Of British Vogue, she says it is: "The opposite of fascist fashion...It's not just there to inform but to challenge and to inspire." 
  • Working under the editorship of Alexandra Shulman - whom she describes as "fair, but bloody firm"- Chambers has inspired a generation of stylists to be bold, daring and to realise their imaginations.