Monday, September 28, 2009

The September Issue

This documentary exposes Anna Wintour, Editor and Chief of Vogue. I already knew a little about Anna Wintour from an internship I did at Condé Nast Publications my junior year in college and one day I even ended up on the same elevator as the bobbed, ice queen. I always figured her reputation was fitting to how far she has come. She has high expectations and those expectations come to life on the pages of Vogue every month. I loved The Devil Wears Prada not only because of the great actors (Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep) but also because of the fashion. Seeing Anne Hathway’s character wear the designers made the clothes come to life, as oppose to seeing them on a rack or model walking the runway.

The September Issue introduced me to Grace Coddington, the Creative Director of Vogue. She started working at US Vogue the same time as Anna Wintour. I immediately fell in love with her; she is very talented and passionate about her job. She does manage to lock horns with Anna Wintour a few times in the film, which made me feel very uncomfortable. Just watching Grace constantly awaiting Anna Wintor’s approval made me a bit nervous. I sat on the edge of the movie theater seat wondering what Anna was going to reject next. It’s easy to relate to Grace Coddington and feel her disappointment when something she has worked so hard on is merely dismissed. I was impressed with how hands-on Grace is during photo shoots, she even dresses the models.

A young Grace Coddington

I did enjoy Anna Wintour's scenes with her daughter. It was nice to see her removed from Vogue. During another scene Anna talks to the camera about her siblings and how they don't respect what she does for a living. This scene was so powerful and depicted her as having emotion. You can see the hurt in her eyes, which is a nice variation to the rest of the film. It was refreshing to see the Editor and Chief of Vogue vulnerable just like the rest of us.

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue ...just made it to my lust list.


Summer Wind said...

i cannot wait to see this!!

QueenBeeSwain said...

saw this a few weeks ago and loved it- was really touched by AW's internal struggle for not being the "serious" sibiling.

might have to see this again!