Vanessa Friedman

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Vanessa Friedman at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Gala Dinner, June 2011

Vanessa Friedman (born 1968) is Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at The New York Times.


She is a graduate of Princeton University.[1][2] She is also a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and The Chapin School.


In 1998, Friedman was published in The New Yorker.[3]

Friedman was the Fashion Features Director for In Style UK, a position she held since 2000 to 2002. Prior to this, she worked as a Fashion Correspondent for the FT, as an Arts Contributor at The Economist and was the European Editor at Elle US. She has also written extensively on a freelance basis for Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.[4][5][6]

From 2002 to March 2014, Friedman was the fashion editor of the Financial Times.[7] She is the first person to hold the post.[7] Friedman writes a weekly column for the Saturday FT, as well as editing the Style page, and helps cover the luxury industry for the daily newspaper, and edits the twice-yearly supplement The Business of Fashion.

In March 2014, Friedman was named the "fashion director and chief fashion critic" of the New York Times.[8]


  1. ^ Princeton Alumni Weekly. Princeton University Press. 1991. pp. 6–. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Play Tectonics. A Novella on the Bauhaus and the Weimar Republic". Princeton University Library. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  3. ^ The New Yorker. New Yorker Magazine, Incorporated. April 1998. p. 116. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "FT Business of Luxury Summit 2011 2011: Vanessa Friedman". Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Vanessa Friedman". Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  6. ^ Chamberlin, Corbin. "Fabulosity: Meet Financial Times Fashion Editor Vanessa Friedman". AZ FootHills. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "About Vanessa". Financial Times. Nikkei. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (12 March 2014). "New York Times Taps Vanessa Friedman". WWD. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

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