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BACK TO IT: Robin Givhan will return to The Washington Post full-time as fashion critic and writer in early June.
The 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner exited the Post in December 2010, when Tina Brown poached her to join Newsweek and The Daily Beast as special correspondent, style and culture. 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. Last July, New York hired Givhan to review the New York and Paris collections for the blog.
On Tuesday, Washington Post executive features editor Liz Seymour said Givhan has been freelancing for The Washington Post for more than a year.
During her full-time run at the newspaper, Givhan covered a lot of ground, penning such pieces as the three singled out by Seymour: “Dick Cheney and his parka in Poland, the new Washington Wizards uniform (not so nice) and Condoleezza Rice’s Matrix coat and knee-high boots.” In addition to fashion, she also wrote about First Lady Michelle Obama during the first year of the administration.
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.”
Following L’Wren Scott’s suicide last month, the Post called Givhan to write a quick story, which was published an hour later, Seymour noted. “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,” she continued.
Givhan is at work on “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. It will be published in March 2015 by Flatiron Books.
Her résumé also includes work for Vogue magazine and the Detroit Free Press.