Edward, 51, the primary male and first black editor of the publication, introduced in June that he could be stepping down to tackle a brand new world function at writer Conde Nast.
It’s the largest variety of girls ever shot collectively for a Vogue cowl, with acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel taking simply quarter-hour to shoot the group, which additionally included Serena Williams, Christy Turlington and Dua Lipa.
Revealing how he got here to picking the icons, Edward penned: ‘When it got here to my final concern, I knew the quilt could be devoted to girls. In fact!’
40 legendary British Vogue cowl stars got here collectively to shoot Edward Enninful ‘s last version: Karen Elson, Irina Shayk, Laverne Cox, Serena Williams, Rina Sawayama, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Amber Valletta, Treasured Lee, Cindy Crawford, Jodie Comer, Gemma Chan, Adut Akech, Vittoria Ceretti, Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked, Cara Delevingne, Adwoa Aboah, Paloma Elsesser, Victoria Beckham, Ariana Debose, Jameela Jamil, Jane Fonda, Oprah, Linda Evangelista, Miley Cyrus, Iman, Maya Jama, Anok Yai, Kate Moss, Kaia Gerber, Cynthia Erivo, Simone Ashley, Dua Lipa, Lila Moss,
Kate Moss posed up a storm alongside Victoria Beckham and Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington joined Maya Jama, Selma Blair and Treasured Lee on set
He continued: ‘It was clear to all of us on the crew that nobody lady might or ought to encapsulate these previous few years for the journal. What we wanted was a bunch, to lean into the ability of the collective to convey to life what I hope has been a daring, disruptive and evolutionary interval in Vogue’s historical past.’
After sending out requests to his 40 cowl stars, Edward confessed he held his breath hoping they’d agree, earlier than the celebrities flew in from London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and past to reach in December (at their very own expense) for the New York-based shoot.
The women had been given three months discover to attend, with Edward writing private notes to every lady asking them to take part.
The one particular person unable to make the shoot was Nicole Kidman who was working away on a film.
He recalled: ‘They materialised as if from a dream.
‘Ditto Salma Hayek Pinault and Linda Evangelista, given Salma stayed at Linda’s home the evening earlier than.
‘Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus squeaked in by the pores and skin of their popstar schedules. And everybody made positive issues ran easily so Gigi Hadid might make it house on time to her toddler.’
Edward concluded: ‘So right here it’s: my 76th and last version of Vogue, six and a half years and 153 cowl stars later, together with the 40 legendary girls who function on this cowl. It’s been a unprecedented trip and an absolute honour.
‘As I step into my new function, as Condé Nast’s world inventive and cultural advisor for Vogue, I’m decided to maintain championing the unimaginable array of voices in trend and media, and guarantee we maintain the power explosion of the previous couple of years going.
‘We at all times say it, as a result of it at all times must be stated: “there’s a nice deal but to be completed.”‘
Kate, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss and Irina Shayk regarded unimaginable
Miley Cyrus and Kate Moss placed on a leggy show in mini clothes for the photoshoot
Naomi Campbell was a imaginative and prescient in a white robe with a drop waist
(L-R) Gemma Chan, Simone Ashley, Rina Sawayama, Anya Taylor-Pleasure, Maya Jama, Treasured Lee, Jameela Jamil
Linda Evangelista and Salma Hayek arrived on the shoot collectively after having a sleepover the evening earlier than in preparation for the shoot
Jodie Turner Smith and Adwoa Aboah regarded in excessive spirits as they beamed the for the digital camera
Jane Fonda was assisted by a cane as she strolled previous with good good friend Oprah
Talking about her expertise on set, Selma Blair informed The Washington Put up: ‘We had been allowed to take photos however I wished to see it via my very own eyes. I imagine we’ll all be allies to one another.
‘We had been spokes in a wheel. We’re stronger collectively. I really feel extra assured for having been in that group.’
Edward is due to get replaced by Londoner Chioma Nnadi as editor of British Vogue.
The Mail on Sunday reported Edward had hoped at some point to exchange Anna Wintour, however the Vogue Editor-In-Chief is decided to remain put and can ‘swat any rivals off like a fly’.
Edward will take up a ‘world advisory place’ at Vogue, ‘with the liberty to tackle broader inventive tasks’.
‘He made no secret of wanting the massive job [global editorial director] however he hit the glass ceiling and he’d gone so far as he might go,’ defined the Vogue insider.
‘He thought he could be in London for a number of years after which head for New York, however he now is aware of that he is by no means going to get Anna’s job at Condé Nast.
‘Anna is the undisputed boss. She has seen off many rivals and continues to take action. She might swat him like a fly.’
A trend supply put it extra bluntly: ‘I feel Edward underestimated her energy. He had a lot smoke blown up his a**e when he was appointed editor that he could not see his personal trousers.’
This week additionally noticed Vogue employees say an finish of an period to their workplace, as they moved out of the legendary Vogue Home in Mayfair, London, the place the journal has been printed for 65 years.
Condé Nast introduced final yr it will be shifting employees at its publications, which embrace Vogue, GQ, Tatler and Home & Backyard, to The Adelphi on the Thames Embankment.
Vogue Home was put up on the market earlier this yr and was purchased by transport mogul Eyal Ofer, a Monaco-based businessman reportedly value $23billion. Will probably be renamed 1 Hanover Sq., marking the top of an period for the writer.
Edward Enninful, 51, the primary male and first black editor of British Vogue, introduced in June that he could be stepping all the way down to tackle a brand new world function at Conde Nast (pictured with Naomi Campbell)
The deal solely covers the leasehold for the property as The Church of England owns the freehold.
Ofer paid £75million for the property, £5million greater than the worth it was listed at, in keeping with The Telegraph.
British Vogue was launched in 1916 and moved to Vogue Home, simply off Regent Road, in 1958.
The March concern of British Vogue is offered through digital obtain and on newsstands from Tuesday 13 February