Nearly four years after being wooed away by Tina Brown to join Newsweek and The Daily Beast, 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (for criticism) Robin Givhan is returning in June to The Washington Post full-time as fashion critic and writer.
Givhan left the Post in December 2010 to become a special correspondent for style and culture for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. “In July 2012, she became the chief contributor to what was then a new blog, FashionBeast, that in some ways mirrored the format of New York magazine’s blog The Cut,” reports WWD. And New York eventually did hire Givhan to review the New York and Paris collections for the The Cut last July. Givhan has been freelancing for The Post for more than a year and wrote, among other things, about designer L’Wren Scott’s suicide last month.
During Givhan’s previous full-time stint at the newspaper, she covered First Lady Michelle Obama during the first year of the Obama administration.
Executive Features Editor Liz Seymour said Givhan “will bring her tremendous reporting and writing abilities to Style in covering fashion as a business, as a cultural institution and as pure pleasure.”
She added, “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.”
Givhan is currently also writing The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, “a book about how race, politics, economics and shameless flackery sparked a 1973 French-American runway spectacle that changed the trajectory of the American fashion industry,” reports WWD. The book will be published in March 2015 by Flatiron Books.
Born in Detroit, Givhan went on to graduate from Princeton University in 1986. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Givhan worked for the Detroit Free Press and also held posts at the San Francisco Chronicle and Vogue magazine.