Condé Nast has ended months of speculation by unveiling Edward Enninful as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue.
Enninful will replace Alexandra Shulman when he takes up the role on August 1.
Since 2011, Enninful has received acclaim for his work as Creative and Fashion Director of the American magazine W.
His experience as a fashion Editor dates back to 1991 when he was named Fashion Director of the avant-garde British title i-D at the age of 19, a position he held for more than 20 years.
In the years between 1998 and 2011 he contributed extensively to American Vogue and Italian Vogue.
Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive of Condé Nast International, cited his work at Italian Vogue under its late editor, Franca Sozzani, as having "attained landmark status in recent cultural history".
Enninful was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth last year, and in 2014 was named fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council.
Born in Ghana 45 years ago, one of six children, Enninful was brought to London as a child and grew up in the city's Ladbroke Grove area.
He became interested in fashion as a teenager when he was scouted as a fashion model. He displayed a talent for fashion styling as a teenager, which led the then Editor of i-D, Terry Jones, to appoint Enninful as the magazine's Fashion Director.
He attended Goldsmith's, University of London but left before graduation in order to work full-time.
In an internal announcement, Newhouse said: "By virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue."
In January Condé Nast announced that Alexandra Shulman, the current PPA Editor of the Year, would stand down from her position as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue after serving in the role for a quarter of a century.