Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. This film takes the viewer inside a world they only think they know.
The film follows Wintour, as she prepares the September 2007 issue. Weighing in at a record 840 pages, it is also the magazine’s most important issue, heralding the autumn fashions. With her trademark bob and omnipresent dark glasses, Wintour comes over as a woman who is a success because she knows exactly what the reader wants, as she supervises each page.
This is a fast-paced and quite thrilling behind-the-scenes look at how an issue of “Vogue” comes into being. I think it should entertain even those totally uninterested in the realm of fashion, if only due to the many personalities, vagaries and dramas on display. It’s a lot of fun to hobnob around in such close proximity to the Vogue staffers and Anna W. herself; however, we also witness the seriously hard work that goes into the publication process. It’s clearly not all fluff. It’s an imbricated world of “you scratch my back and [maybe?] I’ll scratch yours” – not even in the catty sense, but in the cutthroat sense! That part can be a little bit heart-breaking at times, but it exists in every high stakes business.
USA 2009, 90 min, rated PG (coarse language)
Directed by R. J. Cutler