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Saturday, September 30, 2023

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Documentary delves into fashion intrigue

Anyone who knows about the fashion industry knows Anna Wintour.’

For the last two decades, Wintour has been at the helm of Vogue, making it one of the most successful, albeit expensive, books in the business.’

The aura of mystery that surrounds Wintour has led critics and gossip columnists to the notion that she is cold and brusque. This brought about the fictional novel (and movie), The Devil Wears Prada, which featured a dominating editor based on a caricature of Wintour.

‘I like people to represent the very best of what they do and if that turns you into a perfectionist or a bitch, then I guess I am,’ Wintour said in a 60 Minutes interview.’

The September Issue provides an unfettered look into Wintour’s empire and a look into her personal life. Viewers follow Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer into Wintour’s townhouse in Greenwich Village.

Other notable moments depict the contrasting personalities of Vogue staffers and dynamics between Wintour and Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director.

Coddington creates a world around models and luxury labels in such a way that the readers are swept away. This type of talent has made Vogue the leader of the $300 billion fashion industry.

Closing in on 60, Wintour has no plans to step down.

Whether it’s tossing a shoot costing $50,000 or explaining to designers that they need to change something about their collection because it’s ‘banal,’ Vogue is Wintour’s magazine. She is the most powerful person in the dog-eat-dog world of fashion.

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