Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Come on, Vogue...

The September Issue (2009)

An insightful documentary looking into the fashion industry, and specifically the infamous Vogue editor Anna Wintour, inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada.

Remarkably, this documentary resembles the Meryl Streep version on a number of levels. Streep's character was not much of an exaggertation, however we get to see Wintour in a much softer light, someone who is more rigorous for the sake of work, but has a more kind brand of assertiveness towards those who work for her.

Something that struck me about this movie was that the movie focused not on Anna Wintour, but more on her associate, Grace Coddington. They started working at the magazine at the same time, and she seems to have a strong hand in the artistic development of the fashion choices and photoshoot spreads in the magazine.

Personally, it seemed as if the most beautiful, artistic photoshoots were the ones first rejected by Wintour. Perhaps they didn't fit into the cutting-edge image of the magazine she had in mind. I also found it interseting that Coddington was the one most focused on finding sources of more natural beauty amidst the models, like when she got the documentary cameraman to take part in a photoshoot, and she insisted that his pot belly not be photoshopped for the final print of the magazine.

An interesting take on the magazine industry, and on the "devil" we've all come to know and love from the Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway version of the tale.

Worth watching if you're intersted in fashion, publishing, photography, art, or magazines. Perhaps it's just worth watching, period.

4 Stars (****)

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