Fashion Journalist, Author, and Curator
Stefano Tonchi is a fashion journalist, author, and curator. Over the course of his award-winning career in the magazine industry, he held the role of editor in chief of W, creator and editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and fashion creative director for Esquire. Under his leadership, W won five National Magazine Awards, and T and Esquire were each named Magazine of the Year by the Society of Publication Designers, among other accolades. Recently he was the Contributing Global Chief Creative Officer for the L’Officiel group, overseeing their editorial activity in print and digital in over 30 countries and is currently the Editorial Direct for the Palm Spring based media brand PALMER.
Tonchi is the co-curator of Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion, 1971-2001 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale, and Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, a traveling exhibition shown at the MAXXI Museum in Rome and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and co-author of the accompanying books. Prior to that, he oversaw the publication of W: Stories and W: The First 40 Years. His previous books include: Uniform: Order and Disorder, with an exhibition at MoMA PS1, Total Living, Excess: Fashion and the Underground in the ’80s , Human Game: Winners and Losers and Walter Albini and His Time, with exhibitions at the Pitti Palace in Florence. Most recently he was the visual editor for the exhibition and the book, Memos on Fashion in This Millenium at Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan. In December 2021 Marsilio published L’Officiel 100 : One Hundred People and Ideas from a Century of Fashion, edited by Stefano Tonchi with Marco Pecorari.
Tonchi has served as a guest lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, and Columbia University, and appeared on a variety of national television programs. As a public speaker and media commentator, he covers contemporary culture, society, and the future of fashion.
Tonchi serves on the Board of the International Center of Photography.