Jessica Wooden, who has died aged 43, was laughter, color and love in fixed movement. A vogue journalist who noticed her career as a door to a riot of magnificence for everybody, she explored garments as artwork, armour, enterprise and sometimes simply pure pleasure.
Born in north London, the one daughter of Hazel (nee Leslie), a literary journalist, and Antony Wooden, a number one translator from Russian, Jess grew up surrounded by phrases, and developed her personal nice present, each in written and spoken kind.
Sharply clever, she excelled effortlessly at Metropolis of London college for ladies, the place we turned pals, then studied English at Bristol College, graduating in 1999. Her first job at Glamour journal in 2002 introduced an look – wide-eyed however frank – on the T4 present G Women.
She moved to InStyle journal, then Marie Claire in 2009, the place she remained vogue options director, and editor of the bi-annual vogue collections journal Runway, till the print journal was retired in 2019. Jess additionally served on the British Style Council’s press committee.
She negotiated her means into the wardrobes of luminaries together with the Intercourse and the Metropolis stylist Patricia Field, in addition to the Chanel atelier and backstage milieu of infinite reveals. Her interview topics ranged from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld.
However she had little time for the business’s extra judgmental, pretentious recesses, and wrote urgently concerning the human and environmental prices of vogue lengthy earlier than sustainability was a buzzword.
Jess’s colour-drenched wardrobe (she by no means wore black), and outsized, outlandish jewelry have been distinctive even within the vogue world. Something mundane was given an clever makeover, such because the pandemic-era pink puffer coat (a purchase order of such withering practicality she described it as a “private Rubicon”) she edged with layers of pink grosgrain ribbons.
After Marie Claire, she turned content material editor on the on-line designer vogue web site The Outnet, remained a contributing vogue editor at Marie Claire on-line, and wrote for the Each day Mail vogue pages.
Marriage to Simon Vasco, in 2011, introduced Carmen and Leo, whom she liked fiercely, fought laborious for and wove into each a part of her life. Jess and Simon have been separated, however remained shut pals and dedicated co-parents.
To be her pal was to at all times really feel fortunate that such a pressure for laughter and enjoyable had drawn you into her orbit. Her father captured her spirit in his translation of a Pushkin poem celebrating an “incandescent soul”.
She was additionally unstintingly beneficiant all through her life, no matter her private challenges, at all times discovering time, vitality and ideal presents to help these she liked. Tragically, the final lockdown contributed to an acute psychological well being disaster and he or she took her personal life. She is survived by Carmen, Leo, Antony and Hazel.