After 25 years at the helm of the UK’s most prestigious fashion publication, Alexandra Shulman has announced that she will be stepping down as Editor of British Vogue.

With her exit expected to happen in the Summer of this year, it is not yet known where she will be moving to, however, she has said that she came to the decision on the basis that she wants to “experience a different life”.

Having served the magazine for a quarter of a century, she has been the longest standing and most successful editor in British Vogue’s 100 years in publication, a milestone that was celebrated last Summer. As part of the magazine’s Centenary celebrations, she starred in the BBC documentary Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue, offering the first public glimpse behind the scenes of the famous publication, in addition to overseeing an iconic Centenary exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Speaking of her decision, Shulman said:

I have been incredibly privileged to have been able to look after such a great magazine for so long and even more to have worked with so many people over those years who have made the experience so interesting and rich.

I have edited British Vogue for 25 years almost to the day, and to have steered it during our spectacular centenary has been one of the greatest privileges.

After beginning her career in journalism at Over 21 Magazine, she gained experience at Tatler and The Sunday Telegraph, before joining the Vogue team as Features Editor in 1988. After a brief hiatus as Editor at GQ, she returned to take the helm as editor of British Vogue in 1992 and has directed the magazine ever since.

Nicholas Coleridge, Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain said today:

She has edited the title for a quarter of its existence, through its period of highest ever circulation, and its simultaneous transformation into a global digital brand. She has been the towering figure of the British fashion press throughout her tenure: a superb journalist and editor, who understands and exemplifies every quality. Imaginative, hard-working, perceptive and a brilliant leader, Alex is also a valued friend to so many of us. It is impossible to sufficiently express the contribution she has made to Vogue, to Condé Nast and to the British fashion industry.

It is yet to be revealed who her successor will be, but they’ve most certainly got some big shoes to fill.