Stefano Tonchi is a fashion journalist, author, and curator. Over the course of his award-winning career in the magazine industry, he has 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, the publications won a number of accolades:
W won five National Magazine Awards, and
T and Esquire were each named Magazine of the Year by the Society of Publication Designers. He is currently the global chief creative officer for the L’OFFICIEL group, overseeing its editorial activity in print and digital media in more than 30 countries.
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 presented at the MAXXI Museum in Rome and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; he is also the co-author of the accompanying books. Before that, he oversaw the publication of W: Stories and W: The First 40 Years. His previous books include Uniform: Order and Disorder, accompanying an exhibition at MoMA PS1; Total Living, Excess: Fashion and the Underground in the ’80s, accompanying an exhibition at the Pitti Palace in Florence; Human Game: Winners and Losers; and Walter Albini and His Time. Most recently, he was the visual editor for the exhibition and book Memos on Fashion in This Millennium at Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan. In December 2021, Marsilio will publish 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 has 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.