For my artist date last week (Told you I was gonna keep doing them!), I went to see The September Issue. The movie is a documentary that follows Anna Wintour and other Vogue staffers as they piece together the September 2007 issue, a massive volume that ended up being over 800 pages long. If you’re not into fashion or magazine editing, this might not be the movie for you, though it is an interesting study in workplace dynamics.
Anna Wintour’s severe bob, sunglasses and decadent fur are a staple at many high end fashion show front rows. She heads up an extremely influential fashion mag. Her opinion matters and she’s not afraid to give it. Ms. Wintour’s wrath is legendary and though her words do cut quickly and deeply in The September Issue (she left one contributing editor shaking and contemplating life’s purpose), the documentary does not necessarily focus on how “difficult” she is at work. But if Ms. Wintour is the Wicked Witch of the West then creative director Grace Coddington is Glenda the Good Witch. With her wild mane of red hair and a charming sense of humor, she is pretty much the only person in the documentary who dares to square off with Ms. Wintour.
In short, The September Issue is an interesting mix of the unglamorous side of a grandiose industry and breath-taking beauty. We get to see the ummm not so great parts of Sienna Miller (according to Vogue staffers) and we see just what it takes to make a cover girl look cover worthy. On the other end of the spectrum, the shoot Ms. Coddington directs for the 1920’s spread is the definition of fabulous. I wanted to jump into the screen. That’s how gorgeous it was.
Anyway, you should go see it. It’s funny, enlightening and full of great fashion.