Lucinda Chambers is fashion director at British Vogue. An esteemed figure in the fashion world, she has established a reputation as one of the world's best stylists and is admired for the personal approach and eclectic vision she brings to every shoot.
A self-confessed under achiever at school, Chambers' unconventional introduction to fashion came as she decided to abandon her secretarial ambitions and apply for an art course at Hornsey College of Art.
During her time at college, she began to make jewellery as a sideline, selling her creations to friends and at Camden Lock Market on the weekends.
When one of her pieces made it on to the pages of a magazine, it inspired her to write a letter to Vogue, asking for an interview.
She initially assisted a Ms Davies in accounts, before a chance encounter with the PA to then-editor Beatrix Miller led to an interview, which in turn led to her becoming Miller's assistant.
After three years in this role, Chambers became assistant to Grace Coddington, of whom she says "was, and still is, the queen bee of fashion".
During her time as Coddington's assistant, Chambers struck up a professional friendship with photographer Mario Testino, which has lasted to this day and has produced some of the most iconic images of our generation.
After a brief stint at Elle magazine, Chambers returned to Vogue in July 1992 where she became fashion director.
Working with photographers such as Nick Knight, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and of course Mario Testino to name a few, she has shot the most famous faces of fashion and popular culture - including Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen, Cate Blanchett and Florence Welch. She describes herself as a mother figure to younger models these days, citing Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha Erichsen and Natalia Vodianova as among her favourites to work with.
Chambers has been quoted as saying: "I think you have to be quite bonkers to be a fashion editor."
Of British Vogue, she says it is: "The opposite of fascist fashion...It's not just there to inform but to challenge and to inspire."
Working under the editorship of Alexandra Shulman - whom she describes as "fair, but bloody firm"- Chambers has inspired a generation of stylists to be bold, daring and to realise their imaginations.