A review of this — 1 year ago
What I liked most about the film was its focus on the work of making a magazine. Yes, it’s “Vogue” – a fashion magazine, and there are lots of designers, clothes, and models. But the heart of the documentary is about the magazine itself and the people who create it, not the clothes.
Although it would have probably been short a few of the more eccentric characters, I don’t believe the film would have been much different if they had decided to go behind the scenes of any major magazine. Where the fashion angle really comes to play is in the way Anna Wintour is regarded. The association of being part of the fashion world comes with the price that, although highly regarded by many, her work as seen as frivolous even by the members of her family. If she was the editor-in-chief of “National Geographic” – would she still be seen in the same light?
I knew of Wintour’s reputation for being icy before the film – and although the film isn’t essentially a biography, it does give a more accurate look at the woman behind the sunglasses on the front row at Fashion Week. The filmmakers juxtapose Wintour with Grace Coddington, the creative director who started at Vogue on the same day as Wintour. Grace is the artist who pours her soul into each fashion shoot and is devastated when one of her pictures is cut. Wintour is the editing eye – some see her as callous, but she is understandably guarded when working the business side of an artistic profession. While others can focus on their small part of the magazine, only Wintour is responsible for every page, picture and letter – and she is extremely involved in every step. I found it truly fascinating to watch.