Thursday, September 17, 2009

Movie Review: The September Issue

Vogue is the most influential and revered fashion magazine in the world, an honor it has retained for decades. Each year, it publishes a special fall issue filled with upcoming fashions to appeal to consumers and designers alike. The September Issue documents the development of Vogue’s September 2007 issue, the largest issue ever published of any monthly magazine.

The movie focuses on Anna Wintour, who has held the title of editor-in-chief of Vogue for 21 years. Considered by many as the most powerful woman in fashion, Wintour is both feared and venerated. She was even the inspiration for the character Miranda Priestly from the novel and movie The Devil Wears Prada, written by Lauren Weisberger, a former assistant of Wintour.

Before watching this movie, I anticipated seeing just why Anna Wintour is branded an ice woman. And after seeing Wintour in action, I am able to see why she is feared, but fail to see what warrants her designation as a villainess. Based solely on what I’ve seen of her, she is not a cruel woman. She’s influential, straightforward, and motivated, all of which fuel her intimidating demeanor. She may not seem friendly or likable, but she isn’t devoid of humor. She is merely focused on doing her job, and she does it well.

I enjoyed getting a peek at the inner workings of a fashion magazine. It’s fascinating to see something so multifaceted made from scratch. Often we see a final product and don’t consider the process it takes to get to it, and it’s always refreshing to have our minds opened to such things. In conclusion, if you’re interested in fashion (and if you’re reading this, you most likely are), The September Issue is certainly worth a watch.

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