R.J. Cutler’s vibrant and mischievous documentary “The September Issue” is only partly a movie about fashion. At its heart, it’s really a movie about work, about the ways individuals compete with, grate against and inspire one another in the workplace. The movie documents the creation of the largest and most anticipated issue of Vogue magazine’s yearly cycle — in this case, specifically, the September 2007 issue, the fattest in Vogue’s history — by tracking the frustrations, confrontations and backstage machinations of the players who put it together, from the fashion editors to the art director to the guy who mans the office’s color copier. Presiding over this aesthetically attuned circus is editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who, as Candy Pratts Price, the executive fashion director of Vogue’s online adjunct, Style.com, says in the movie, is not just the high priestess of the whole enterprise but the pope.
"The September Issue" is a rare look at Vogue focusing on Anna Wintour, Director, at Vogue. The documentary takes place in New York in 2007 which turned out to be the largest Septemeber Issue in Vogue's history.
You can watch the video here: http://www.arp.tv/production.html?production=septissue
Quotes from the documentary:
"She's busy. She's not warm and friendly. She's doing her business."
"September is the January in fashion. This is when i change. I'm going to try to get back in those high heels because that is the look."
Not long into the movie it hit me that this (Anna Wintour) had to be the person the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" was about. I wasn't a huge fan of the movie but it all makes sense now, and I would like to watch the movie again to compare how Meryl Streep portrays her and how she really is as a person. I think the movie definetly played her out to more of a cold person. True, she wasn't the friendliest person but they documentary didn't portray her to be unattainable. She did smile a few times in the movie!
Ok back to the Documentary:
I enjoyed the documentary because it showed five or six content ideas for the magazine and they let us tag along to see how the photo shoots went for the various ideas. Grace Coddington, Creative Director for Vogue has an amazing eye for capturing the genre or era of her photos. It was defintely interesting to watch. I don't know how Anna chooses each photo that should belong in the magazine.
Have you seen the Documentary? Or the movie? If you have what did you think?