The September Issue3/05/2010
behind the scenes at Vogue: it doesn't really matter what you've imagined it to be, it only matters what it really is like in Anna Wintour's world. and believe me, it is her world, indeed. and apparently, grace coddington and the rest of us just live in it. fortunately, for grace, her more than 20 yrs of experience have garnered her a tremendous backbone.
as privileged as sitting in the front row of a fashion show where wintour runs the catwalk--everything from changing sienna miller's hair and throwing away $50,000 worth of couture 1920s shoots, to loving feathers and fur and hoping to continue her Vogue legacy with her daughter at the reigns.
much like any other office, the Vogue house is rife with staff who truly love their job, ones who truly love the idea of their jobs, and ones who just love to pretend--truly.
i thought one great moment in the movie is when wintour talks about her siblings and how they are successful working in positions that have nothing to do with fashion. it seems like it is to be believed that she feels ashamed or they are shameful of her for being in fashion. but that could all be close-up camera shots and somber background music.
in a way, you can say that any job not in the medical field or that actively saves lives is somewhat fruitless for mankind. but people can find hope and fun and complete happiness in listening to the music by their favorite band, being swept away in a wonderful film, or getting inspired by the pages in a magazine.
such is life. and people should do what makes them happy because that will contribute to society more than one would expect.
so although this movie has already come out (and this post may seem trite to some), i'm just now getting around to it so whatever.