A Visible Man
From one of fashion's most important changemakers, a memoir of breaking barriers
When Edward Enninful became the first Black editor in chief of British Vogue, few in the world of fashion wanted to confront how it failed to represent the world we live in. But Edward, a champion of inclusion throughout his life, rapidly changed that.
Edward grew up in Ghana in a world of beauty, riotous color, and strong Black women. Nurtured by his mother, a dressmaker whose West African designs had a flair for drama, he learned in her atelier what it meant for a woman to see herself as truly beautiful. But the threat of violence emerged for his family and they fled the country, becoming refugees in central London. There, Edward faced a more insidious and institutionalized kind of danger: a culture where his opportunities would be diminished because of his accent and the color of his skin.
A Visible Man traces an astonishing journey through one of the world’s most exclusive industries. With heart and humor, Edward candidly shares how as a Black, gay, working-class refugee, he found in fashion not only a home, but the freedom to share the world as he saw it, with Black women often at the center. Determined to reflect the times, through the course of his career he has championed those who have been pushed to the margins, placing first responders, octogenarians, and civil rights activists on the cover of Vogue. He has inspired people with new ways to dream and an exhilarating vision of what is possible, here and now.
Written with style, grace, and emotion, A Visible Man shines a spotlight on the career of one of the greatest creative forces of our times. It is the story of a visionary who changed not only an industry, but how we understand beauty.