Fired Vogue editor’s scathing interview reads like something out of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
Former fashion director at Vogue, Lucinda Chambers at London Fashion Week in February 2017.
The inner machinations of Vogue have been a source of intrigue and fascination for many years now. But, one former British Vogue editor just lifted the lid on what it’s really like to work at Vogue. And, her account reads much like something out of The Devil Wears Prada.
Lucinda Chambers worked at British Vogue for 36 years, 25 of which were served as fashion director, but left the magazine in May 2017. For the first time since her departure, she has spoken out in a scathing interview about what really went down. The candid interview was published on fashion blog Vestoj, but subsequently taken down. A cached version of the interview was being circulated on Twitter, but some time Tuesday morning the blog put it back on the site with an editor’s note.
At the time of Chambers’ departure, British Vogue published an article announcing Chambers would "step down". But, Chambers’ version of what happened doesn’t quite tally up with this.
"A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. It took them three minutes to do it. No one in the building knew it was going to happen," begins the interview with Chambers.
"The management and the editor I’ve worked with for twenty-five years had no idea. Nor did HR. Even the chairman told me he didn’t know it was going to happen. No one knew, except the man who did it – the new editor [Edward Enninful]," she claims.
When contacted by Mashable, a spokesperson for Vogue said: "It’s usual for an incoming Editor to make some changes to the team."
"Any changes made are done with the full knowledge of senior management," the statement continued. The spokesperson declined to make any further comment on Chambers’ interview.
But, Chambers’ honesty didn’t end there. Oh, hell no. Chambers admitted that she hasn’t read Vogue "in years" and that fashion magazines have "lost the authority they once had" and are no longer "useful".
"There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered. Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden, for not having the right kind of dinner party, setting the table in the right kind of way or meeting the right kind of people. Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years," she said.
Chambers said that the clothes featured in Vogue are "just irrelevant for most people" because they are "so ridiculously expensive".
She also spoke about the impact of working in fashion on one’s mental health.
"You’re not allowed to fail in fashion – especially in this age of social media, when everything is about leading a successful, amazing life. Nobody today is allowed to fail, instead the prospect causes anxiety and terror," she said.
People have taken to Twitter to praise Chambers for her candour and bravery.
Endless respect for Lucinda Chambers – both before and after her astonishingly candid interview about leaving Vogue https://t.co/t32Y12cW5w
— Hattie Crisell (@hattiehattie) July 3, 2017
A fucking great interview with Vogue’s fashion director Lucinda Chambers on being fired, failure, nurturing, anxiety https://t.co/wO3QPtblpu
— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) July 3, 2017
Lucinda Chambers walking out of Vogue on her last day like pic.twitter.com/hqkDnon7Xq
— Otegha K. Uwagba (@OteghaUwagba) July 3, 2017
Burn. It. Down.