Suzy Menkes

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Suzy Menkes
Born (1943-12-24) December 24, 1943 (age 71)
Occupation Journalist, fashion critic
Notable credit(s) Vogue, The Times, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Harper's Bazaar

Suzy Menkes, OBE (born 24 December 1943) is a British journalist and esteemed fashion critic. Formerly fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes is now International Fashion Editor for nineteen worldwide editions of Vogue.


Menkes was born in the UK. She was educated at Brighton and Hove High School. In the 1960s, she went as a teenager to Paris to study dressmaking at Esmod. Viewing her first couture show at Nina Ricci sparked her interest in high fashion.[1]

On her return from Paris, she read history and English literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. After Cambridge, she worked for The Times reporting on fashion. In addition to her journalism, she has written several books, particularly on British Royal style.

Among Menkes's trademarks is her pompadour. She lives in Paris, is widowed and has three sons and three granddaughters. She holds the Legion d'Honneur in France and a British OBE.[2]

In November 2009, she appeared as one of the judges on the finale of Lifetime TV series Project Runway. In 1996 she appeared in the second 'Last Shout' special in British comedy Absolutely Fabulous, playing herself.


Unlike the delicate relationship often shared between fashion houses and designers, with the fashion media and journalists, Menkes has a reputation within the fashion industry for being much loved by all for both her personality and her reviews of fashion shows, considered to be fair and balanced. A designer once refused to invite her to his show due to taking offense at some negative comments she had made in a previous collection review (though she did give positive comments as well). She is responsible for launching several careers in fashion, including successful handbag designer Pauric Sweeney.



  1. ^ Hero Brown, 'The fashion pack',, 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2007.
  2. ^ International Herald Tribune biography (PDF)

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