Vanessa Friedman is a fashion editor and writer. She was named the fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times in March 2014, leading the global fashion coverage for both The New York Times and International New York Times.
Before joining the paper, Friedman was a fashion correspondent for the Financial Times, an arts contributor at The Economist and was the European editor at American Elle. In addition she contributed regularly to Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly. She was the fashion features director for InStyle UK from 2000 to 2002, after which she became the inaugural fashion editor of the Financial Times. Along with editing the Style pages and the Luxury360 vertical, she wrote a weekly column for the Saturday FT and created the FT's annual Business of Luxury conference.
Friedman is the author of Emilio Pucci: Fashion Story (2010), Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty (2017) and Dress Like A Woman: Working Women and What They Wore (2018). She is an honorary professor at Glasgow-Caledonian University.