Alexandra Shulman hands over reins of British Vogue after 25 years.

The magazine editor, who was recently seen in an eye-opening BBC documentary about the fashion bible, intends to leave this summer. She said that it was a hard to decision to quit the magazine “that I love” but that she wanted to “experience a different life”. “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,” she said. “It has been very hard to find a rational reason to leave what is unquestionably a fascinating and rewarding role, but last autumn I realised that I very much wanted to experience a different life and look forward to a future separate to Vogue.”

Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Conde Nast Britain, paid tribute to the magazine editor, who has “edited the title for a quarter of its existence”.“Alex has been the longest-serving and most successful editor of Vogue in its 100-year history,” he said of the editor, who has seen the magazine’s circulation reach record levels.“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.”

Alexandra’s successor has not been named.