FT’S NEW FASHION SCRIBE: The Financial Times has tapped Jo Ellison, features director of British Vogue, as its new fashion editor. Ellison, who will start her new gig in August, succeeds Vanessa Friedman, who departed FT in March for The New York Times, where she now serves as fashion director and chief fashion critic.
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“Jo is a hugely talented writer with deep experience in the fashion industry and a sharp eye for style and detail,” said FT editor Lionel Barber. “She joins the FT at an important time of growth in our luxury portfolio, and will make a valuable contribution to our talented team.”
Last month, FT indicated that it would expand its How to Spend It magazine with an Italian edition that launches in September. It will also continue to build on its lucrative annual Luxury Summit.
Ellison, who joined British Vogue in 2005, has written and assigned the title’s main features and interviews. She also penned “Vogue Gowns,” a book that will be published in the fall that provides an overview of evening dresses in British Vogue over the last century. Prior to working at the glossy, Ellison served as features editor at The Independent.