IT’S raw, it’s brutal and it’s fabulous.
And fashion guru or not, it’s a must-see, as veteran documentary and television producer R.J. Cutler unveils the secrets behind the making of the revered fashion magazine – and the woman behind its creation, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
The September issue, profiling fall fashions – is typically the largest, with lush photo spreads, in-depth articles and extensive advertising.
The production of the 2007 edition, which Cutler documents, was the single largest issue ever published, weighing more than two kilos, and selling thirteen million copies.
Cutler follows the woman whom insiders say hold the reins of the fashion industry, the powerful matriarch who manages the photographers, insults the sectional editors and even tells design guru Oscar de la Renta a thing or two about what he should and should not put on show.
And be prepared to feel a little awkward as you watch Wintour storm through the office trampling on people’s feelings without so much as a blink.
But the film reveals as much about style and couture as it does about the business considerations behind the magazine’s creation.
At times, the clothes, the make-up, the hair and the accessories seem to be nothing more than burdens on the magazine’s management.