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Alexandra Shulman
Editor, British Vogue

Alexandra Shulman has been the editor of British Vogue since 1993.
This cover, May 2003, is one of Shulman’s top 20: “I love this because
I’m a life-long Bowie fan so it was my idea to do Kate Moss as Aladdin
Sane — and it’s become one of the most reproduced covers of all time.”

Who are you and what do you do for a living?
I am Alexandra Shulman and I edit British Vogue

What came first? The chicken or the egg?
The egg

What have you done since you woke up this morning?
I have fed the cat, written to my son’s housemaster,
drank coffee, read magazines, signed page layouts,
driven to work, written emails

Where do you go when no-one is looking?
A bath

What is your earliest memory?
My sister arriving at the front door after her birth
with a red tricycle heavily clouded sky

Please describe the place you are currently in,
or the view from your window?

I am at my desk in a pink office. Outside there are
high office blocks and a heavily clouded sky

Were you a popular child?

Do you scare easy?
I am scared most of the time

Who was the first cultural figure to influence you?
Patti Smith was one of my first influences

Where is love?
Love is often where you give it

Who did you spend last night with?
I spent last night with David, my boyfriend,
and our friends Dick and Edina

What do you do for fun?
I see friends for fun

What is your number one priority?
My son

Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because it is what I do and
I enjoy it

If a tree falls down in a wood but no one is
there to hear it, does it make a noise?

It’s a good question. I don't know the answer

Who do you like to talk shop with?
I talk shop with my colleagues

What would you like to be better at?
I would like to be better at conversation

What is your favourite smell?
I love the scent of narcissi

What quality do you most like in man?
A sense of humour

What is the quality you most like in woman?
In a woman I like empathy

How do you know when something is finished?
How can you let go of it

I have no problem letting go of things. They are
finished when I finish them. It seems clear to me
and although you could obviously start it all again
if you did you wont achieve anything

What do you regard as the lowest depth
of misery?

Somebody you love being mortally ill

Which work of art do you most covet for
your home?

I would love a painting by Peter Doig

Where do you find most pleasure?
I find most pleasure in family

What’s your favourite public place in London?
Kensington Garden is my favourite public place

What’s your favourite private place in London?
My garden

What is humanity’s biggest failing?
I think humanity’s greatest failing is the constant
urge to possess more but it is also one definition of
being human

Beauty, intelligence or humour?
If you had to choose.


What piece of music would you like played at
your funeral?

If It Be Your Will by Leonard Cohen

Is life serious?
Yes and you only get one run at it

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