Fashion Magazine Editor DElaney O'Connell

Fashion magazine editors achieve a great level of notoriety, and with that notoriety comes easy access to important fashion events, vital fashion industry relationships, and a very large salary.

Schooling Needed:

There are many successful people in the fashion industry who have never had formal schooling, however, everyone had to work their way to the top. Although formal education isn't required, expirience is.

Most people in the fashion magazine industry started as interns, writers for smaller magazines, or personal assistants. Others worked as seamstresses or tailors in design houses.

Although it is not required, many people who work on fashion magazines hold a degree in journalism, public relations, or some other media. Fashion magazine editors rarely have this form of education.

Some world renowned fashion programs that have successfully sent people to work in the magazine industry, like Glasgow School of Art and London College of Fashion.

Specialty Skills:

Along with previous experiences listed on a resume, magazine editors must include a portfolio with previous magazine layouts that they have edited. Editors must have an eye for design, as well as a radar for up and coming trends so their magazine can stay on top.


Many editors start off making around $80,000 per year, excluding bonuses and raises in the first year. Famous, more experienced Editor-in-Chiefs like Anna Wintoureducation make $2,000,000 yearly. They also recieved complimentary samples and products from beauty companies, as well as free clothing from designers and fashion houses.

Career Options:

There are many Fashion magazines looking for editors, like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Fashion, and Elle. Instyle just recently lost their Editor-in-Chief, and is looking for a replacement.

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