One of the jobs in the fashion industry that I admire and find fascinating is that of an Editor-in-chief at a fashion magazine. My initial impressions of the job were built based on shows like Ugly Betty with the evil Wilhelmina Slater and of course the movie The Devil Wears Prada with Miranda Priestly. They showed pretty accurate but obviously slightly over dramatised versions of the character, but it was fun to watch anyway.
The person in this position I look up to is undoubtedly Anna Wintour.
Anna Wintour needs no introduction and is a fashion powerhouse, a true force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. Through her position at Vogue she has helped carry to magazine to dizzying heights and discovered talents of designers like Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen long before they were the icons they are today.
The movie ‘The September Issue’ released in 2009 gives us an insight into a day in the life of Anna Wintour and all the work that goes into producing a single issue of the magazine. She takes us through all her decisions from choosing the clothes and accessories for the fashion shooting, to picking the pictures that go into the shoot and making sure all the editorial content is fresh and not repetitive. She is a true task master but that’s why American Vogue retains the number one position amongst the mainstream magazines even today. If you haven’t seen the movie, I strongly recommend you do it immediately!
Anna Wintour has reached a position where she has the power to make or break the career of anyone. If she attends your fashion show (she always has a front row seat) and likes it, it could be a huge success and if you manage to get on the front cover of Vogue, you’re set!! But if she disapproves of you then beware, the fall is going to be hard. She has been criticised a lot as well for being overly demanding and difficult to please, but I guess that’s part of the job description.
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