I just got back from watching The September Issue and could not wait to blog about it. This documentary revolves around Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Anna is the undisputed queen of fashion having everyone from Oscar De La Renta to Karl Lagerfeld listen to her every word. She has an affinity for wearing unbearable amounts of fur (think Cruella De Vil) and giving everyone the “ice woman” look of death. While the documentary was intended to focus on Anna, the real star of the doc is Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Grace’s amazing direction in photoshoots and dry sense of humor hijack the documentary and make Anna a mear side note. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in publications, the fashion, or the creative world at large. I left the theater feeling inspired to create, create, create!
Read the full movie synopsis after the jump
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. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutlers new film, takes the viewer inside a world they only think they know. Every August a record-breaking number of people cant wait to get their hands on the September issue of Vogue. The 2007 issue was and remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling thirteen million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and re-shoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an arduous, entertaining, and sometimes emotionally demanding process. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington, incomparable Creative Director and fashion genius. They are perfectly matched for the age-old conflict between creator and curator. Through them, we see close-up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.