Vogue re-enlists Grace Coddington, announces a slew of celebrity contributing editors in wake of Lucinda Chambers furore

Grace Coddington rejoins British Vogue as contributor / Pamela Hanson

British Vogue has named supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, and filmmaker Steve McQueen, as contributing editors, as well as luring back former Vogue creative director Grace Coddington as a contributor.

The news comes in the wake of a PR storm cooked up by fired fashion director Lucinda Chambers.

The hires were made by Edward Enninful, the in-coming editor-in-chief who takes over the reins of British Vogue in August following the departure of its longest-serving editor Alexandra Shulman in January this year.

Grace Coddington is a former Vogue model who joined British Vogue where she worked for 19 years. She then moved to New York to work for Calvin Klein before joining American Vogue. In January last year, Coddington stepped down as American Vogue’s creative director after 28 years in the role to take up projects outside of the magazine.

"I am thrilled that Kate, Naomi, Steve and Grace are going to work with us in these new roles," commented Enninful. "As two of the biggest international style influencers and supermodels, the impact Naomi and Kate have in today’s culture is enormous.

“Being an acclaimed filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning artist, Steve will bring an increased depth to the arts within the magazine.

“Grace’s relationship with Vogue started at a very young age; she has become synonymous with the title and is as much loved in Britain as is she is globally. I am very much looking forward to working with these friends and colleagues on their ideas for upcoming issues."

The appointments are made in the wake of controversial comments made by former Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers in a tell-all interview published by Vestoj fashion journal in which she claimed she was fired without notice by Enninful.

Conde Nast has since dismissed Chambers’ claims of a “three-minute” dismissal as “wholly incorrect”.

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