17/05/2017 15:22 BST

Lucinda Chambers To Step Down From British Vogue

'I adore British Vogue and am so very proud to have been a part of it.

Lucinda Chambers will leave her position as British Vogue’s fashion director this summer. 

Chambers, who has had a career with the prestigious fashion title for 36 years, made the announcement on Wednesday 17 May. 

“I adore British Vogue and am so very proud to have been a part of it for so long,” Chambers said. 

The news was followed by a heartfelt comment from editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman on

“Lucinda has been the most wonderful creative collaborator, as well as friend, throughout my whole editorship,” Shulman said. 

Shulman praised Chamber’s incredible body of work:

“She has produced many of the most influential and inspiring fashion shoots in the world during her time as fashion director of this magazine as well as a huge number of our most remarkable covers.

“It is impossible to overstate her vision, commitment, imagination and her ability to bring the best out of teams that work with her. I, like her many admirers, will be excited to see what she produces in her next chapter.”

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Lucinda Chambers attends the Roland Mouret during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on 2 October 2016 in Paris, France.

Chambers first began working for the title as an assistant in the accounts department. Before becoming an assistant to then editor Beatrix Miller, and then a fashion assistant to Grace Coddington

It’s the second announcement to have been made this year about a long-standing Vogue employee preparing to leave the publication. 

Shulman has also announced her decision to step down as long-term editor-in-chief after 25 years at the helm. 

Edward Enninful will take over as editor-in-chief in August.