I had the chance to see The September Issue which is a documentary about Vogue’s Editor, Anna Wintour and the making of Vogue’s September Issue which is the largest Vogue has ever sent to press (5 pounds and 840 pages). It’s a very calculated look into Anna Wintour’s reign over fashion and although it shows more of her personality…. I believe it doesn’t show enough. She does appear to know exactly what she’s doing and is very good at it. What I did find interesting was that her daughter stated that she wasn’t into fashion and finds it all very amusing… she says this as she clearly wears designer clothes and a $5,000 J12 watch from Chanel. It really is amazing how influential one person can be to the multi-billion dollar industry of fashion. She practically dictates what the trends are.
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. Cutler’s new film takes the viewer inside a world they only think they know. Every August a record-breaking number of people can’t 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. [D-Man2010]
Vogue has been the most powerful and best-respected fashion magazine in the world for decades, and each year the journal devotes a fall issue to the designs and designers that the editors feel will be influential in the coming year. The September 2007 issue of Vogue, that year’s annual Fall Fashion issue, became the biggest single issue in the magazine’s long history, and filmmaker R.J. Cutler was given unprecedented access to Vogue’s creative team as the issue was being prepared. THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE is a documentary which focuses on Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she visits the annual Fashion Week shows, accepts or dismisses the latest creations of the biggest names in fashion, works with the models, photographers, and writers who help bring her vision to the page, and labors with her staff to determine what the world’s fashionistas will be wearing for the next 12 months. The September Issue received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it received an award for excellence in documentary cinematography. [D-Man2010]
Check out the trailer here: