Robin Givhan returns to The Washington Post

April 29
Robin Givhan (Photo Credit: Helayne Seidman)
Robin Givhan (Photo Credit: Helayne Seidman)

Announcement from Executive Features Editor Liz Seymour:

I am thrilled to announce that Robin Givhan will return to the Post in early June as a fashion critic and writer.

Robin will bring her tremendous reporting and writing abilities to Style in covering fashion as a business, as a cultural institution and as pure pleasure. Her tremendous body of work is filled with unforgettable stories: Dick Cheney and his parka in Poland, the new Wizards uniform (not so nice) and Condoleezza Rice’s Matrix coat and knee-high boots, just to name three great ones. Last month, we called Robin to write a quick story about the suicide of designer L’Wren Scott. An hour later we published a story that had more detail and authority than any other account I read. Returning to the Post, Robin will take this coverage into a new era; she has great ideas for how fashion as cultural currency can become an important Web presence.

A 2006 Pulitzer winner for fashion criticism, she is writing a book, “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History.” It is the story of how race, politics, economics and shameless flackery sparked a 1973 French-American runway spectacle that changed the trajectory of the American fashion industry. It will be published in March 2015 by Flatiron Books.

In addition to the Post, Robin has worked at Newsweek/Daily Beast, Vogue magazine and the Detroit Free Press. During her most recent tenure at the Post, in addition to fashion, Robin covered Michelle Obama during the first year of the administration.

Robin has been freelancing for us for more than a year. After her fashion coverage of the State Dinner in February, a reader e-mailed to say: “It’s so nice to see Robin Givhan in the paper again.” Yes it is.

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